A motorised wheelchair used by the late British physicist Stephen Hawking has sold at auction for almost £300,000 (NZ$577,766) while a dissertation raised nearly twice that at a sale to raise money for charity.
The Auction House Christie's Head of the Books and Manuscripts department, Thomas Venning said to a media that the legendary Stephen Hawking was a huge personality worldwide and had an incredible ability to connect with people with his brilliance and knowledge over science.
The sale, which was held online by the auction house on Thursday, collected more than $1.8 million, breaking past pre-sale expectations, according to AFP.More news: Nathan Sykes 'relieved' he's not mentioned on ex Ariana Grande's song
He spent most of his life confined to a wheelchair with motor neuron disease. There was a classic bomber jacket, his official script when he made an appearance on The Simpsons, and even some of the medals and awards he won during his incredible science career.
The collection highlighted the brilliance, determination and sense of humour of Hawking, who died in March aged 76 after a lifetime, spent trying to unlock the secrets of the universe.
Quartz reported that the proceeds from the sale of the wheelchair will be donated to the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Stephen Hawking Foundation.More news: Macron's DESPERATE attempt to revive bromance with Donald Trump with 'touching' welcome
The motorized wheelchair he used from the late 1980's until the mid-90's sold for about $390,000, or 20 times the initial estimate.
A handwritten page is seen from a copy of the 1965 PhD thesis by the British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking ahead of an auction of items from his personal estate at Christie's in London, Britain October 30, 2018.
Hawking's daughter, Lucy, said the sale provided "admirers of his work the chance to acquire a memento of our father's extraordinary life in the shape of a small selection of evocative and fascinating items".More news: RPG heavyweights inXile Entertainment and Obsidian Entertainment are joining Microsoft Studios