LONDON – A copy of Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis previewed at Christie’s auction house in London on Tuesday ahead of going under the hammer where it was expected to fetch between 100,000-150,000 pounds sterling ($129,849-194,773).
One of only five copies of the late British scientist’s doctoral thesis is set to be auctioned as part of a sale of manuscripts, letters, postcards, medals and awards from four of science’s great minds: Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Hawking.
Christie’s describes the objects and documents up for auction as items from minds “whose discoveries definitively shaped our understanding of the universe.”
Hawking wrote his PhD thesis, entitled “Properties of Expanding Universes,” at the age of 24 and the copy is signed twice by him.
As well as Hawking’s thesis, a signed copy with a thumb print of “A Brief History of Time,” which is considered a masterpiece that delves into the main questions of the cosmos and the script of his appearance in an episode of “The Simpsons” would also be included in the sale.
Hawking’s daughter Lucy said in a statement that the Hawking family were very happy to have the help of the London auction house to organize their father’s extensive archive and collection of both personal and professional belongings.
The funds raised in the final lot, which features a wheelchair used by Hawking, will be donated to the Stephen Hawking Foundation, which fosters research into Cosmology, Astrophysics and Fundamental Particle Physics, and to the Motor Neurone Disease Association, a charity focused on the research of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis which Hawking suffered from.
“On the Shoulders of Giants: Newton, Darwin, Einstein, Hawking,” is a sale by Christie’s set for auction between Oct. 31-Nov. 6.