One of his wheelchairs is included in the sale, with an estimated price of $13,000 to $19,500 (£10,000 to £15,000). Proceeds from its sale will go to two charities, the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. The online sale was announced Monday by auctioneer Christie’s and features 22 items. Scientific papers such as ‘Spectrum of Wormholes’ and ‘Fundamental Breakdown of Physics in Gravitational Collapse’ are also included. Thomas Venning, head of Christies’ books and manuscripts department, said the papers ‘trace the development of his thought – this brilliant, electrifying intelligence.’
Diagnosed with motor neuron disease at 22 just as he arrived in Cambridge to begin his Ph.D. studies and given just a few years to live, Hawking survived dying in March 2018 at 76. The disease left Hawking almost completely paralyzed. Hawking’s daughter Lucy said the sale gave ‘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.’ This auction news generated public various reactions online. „I can understand buying all his written theories, but to buy his wheelchair? Macabre!” said one commentor. „They should go in a museum,” was another opinion. Fact is Stephen Hawking will remain like a legend for generations to come.