The famous British physicist Steven Hawking 's car seat was auctioned at 296,500 pounds (341,191 euros), but his doctoral dissertation almost doubled, Christie Auctioneer announced Thursday.
The chair sold was "the earliest preserved example" of a chair that Dr. Hawking told Christie after being paralyzed by diagnosed motor neuron disease.
Hawking used this chair from the late 80s to the mid-90s of the last century until he could no longer handle the chair by hand.
Wheelchairs were sold as collectors' items, not medical. Sales revenue is donated to the two charitable funds of the Stevens Hawking Foundation and the Motoro Neuron Diseases Association.
Hawking's 1965 doctoral thesis was sold at the University of Cambridge at the same auction for $ 767,000 (€ 675,500). His other items, including his blouse, were auctioned for a total of $ 650,000 (€ 572,450).
The auction included 52 items, including Aizek Newton, Charles Darwin, and Albert Einstein. Their total price has exceeded $ 2.3 million (2 million euros).
Houghton, 21, was diagnosed with motor neuropathy in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and was only able to move in a wheelchair and later lost his ability to speak. Despite serious illness, Dr. Hawking was actively involved in science and social life. He died on March 14 of this year at his home in Cambridge at the age of 76.