Christie's London Auction House sold a wheelchair to British physicist Stephen Hawking for $ 393,000. This is reported at the auction site.
Initially, the chair was estimated at 13,000 dollars, the final cost was 30 times more. In addition to the chair, Hawking's 1965 dissertation, "Expansive Universe Features", was sold. For that it gave 767 thousand dollars, which is more than three times higher than the expected price. The revenue will be transferred to two charity organizations – the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Stephen Hawking was born on January 8, 1942 in Oxford. In 1963 he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, after 22 years, he lost the ability to speak. Hawking became one of today's famous theoretical physicists. The scientist died on March 14, 2018 in his home in Cambridge.