Stephen Hawking's original PHD thesis tops $750000 at Christie's

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"Stephen Hawking was a huge personality worldwide", Thomas Venning, head of the Books and Manuscripts department at auction house Christie's London, told Reuters prior to the auction.

Among the 22 objects to be auctioned is a copy of the author of the bestseller "Brief History of Time" (1988) signed with the thumbprint of one of his thumbs, whose price reached 89 thousand dollars (from an initial estimate of two thousand 600 to three thousand 900 dollars).

The paper, entitled "Properties of expanding universes", is one of only five copies known to exist and featured Hawking's signature, along with the inscription "This dissertation is my original work".

Hawking completed his thesis in 1965 after a turbulent and tragic start to his career as a theoretical physicist. It collected more than £1.8 million in total. The physicist spent most of his life steadily losing control over his muscles because of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

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In addition to Hawking's personal documents and items, an original production script for Stephen Hawking's final appearance on The Simpsons-in which he was portrayed as a disc jockey with gold chains and a Kangol hat-also sold 6,250 pounds ($8,157).

The proceeds will be donated to two charities - the Foundation of Stephen Hawking and the Association for the fight against motor neuron disease (Motor Neurone Disease Association). Hawking has made cameos in the long-running show throughout its 30-year run.

Image: Some of the professor's medals and awards were sold. His various medals and awards raised a total of £296,750 or about $390,000. His book, a Brief History of Time, that he signed with a thumbprint in 1988 was sold for almost £70,000. It included items belonging to Hawking, as well as others linked to Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein.

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