Hawking auction raises astronomical sum

A copy of Stephen Hawking's doctorate thesis signed in a shaky hand was the highlight of an auction of the British physicist's personal items in London, which raised nearly �1.4 million ($1.8 million, 1.6 million euros).

Stephen Hawking's thesis and wheelchair sell for $1 million - Under the hammer

A motorised wheelchair used by the late British physicist Stephen Hawking sold at auction on Thursday for almost 300,000 pounds ($391,740.00) while a dissertation raised nearly twice that at a sale to raise money for charity. Under the hammer

Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair sells at charity auction

Online sale exceeds targets after the death of the renowned physicist in March

Stephen Hawking's wheelchair and thesis fetch over £1m at auction

The proceeds will go to charity

Stephen Hawking's motorised wheelchair fetches more than half a million dollars at auction

The late physicist and pop culture icon's possessions, medals and academic papers are sold to raise money for charity, generating huge interest online.

Stephen Hawking’s Wheelchair and Doctoral Thesis Sell in Multimillion Dollar Auction

A selection of work and belongings of the late theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking snatched hundreds of thousands of dollars per item at a recent Christie’s auction. Among the items sold were his motorized red leather wheelchair and a copy of his doctoral thesis Properties of Expanding Universes—one of five known copies—which sold for 296,750 pounds ($387,402) and 584,750 ($763,381) respectively.

Bids far exceeded expectations at the Christie’s auction, which also included items that once belonged to Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein.

Stephen Hawking's wheelchair sells for $393,000 at auction

A wheelchair used by physicist Stephen Hawking has sold at auction for almost 300,000 pounds ($393,000), while a copy of his doctoral thesis fetched almost 585,000 pounds ($767,000), auctioneer Christie's said Thursday.

Hawking treasures auctioned for £1.8m

A copy of the physicist's signed PhD thesis sells for £584,750, nearly four times the guide price.

Christie’s sale also includes items belonging to Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein

The sale warped the price-value continuum in ways rarely witnessed.