INILAH, Jakarta – A motorized wheelchair used by late British physicist Stephen Hawking was sold at auction on Thursday, 8/11, and his dissertation was sold for $ 1 million or about Rp14.6 billion.
The red wheelchair sold almost 300,000 pounds (391 740,00 US dollars) while the price of his dissertation sold almost twice the initial estimate of the sale to collect the charity money.
Famous for his work to explore the universe's origins, Hawking died in March at the age of 76 after spending much of his life limited to a motor neuronal wheelchair.
Some of his items, including essays, medals, awards and copies of his book "Brief History of Time", drawn with paintings, are sold online on Thursday along with letters and manuscripts by Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein.
Hawking's 117-page dissertation, "Expansive Universe Features" of 1965, was sold for £ 584,750, far from the original estimate of about £ 150,000.
Medals and prizes sell for $ 296 750, over the estimated £ 15,000, while the red-motorized wheelchair sells for $ 296,750, compared with the estimated £ 15,000.
As quoted between, Christie's Auction House holds a nine-day auction called "On the Shoulders of Giants" to raise funds for the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Association of Neurone Motor Diseases.
He also offered fans of physicists who are known for their electronic audio synthesizers the chance to buy a part of his property.
"Stephen Hawking is a very big personality all over the world. He has a great ability to connect with people," says Thomas Venning, director of the Department of Books and Manuscript at Christie London Auction House, to Reuters before the event.