Selection of Stephen Hawking's personal items to be sold at auction

Documents and files by Stephen Hawking the personal and academic possessions of Stephen Hawking at the auction house Christies in London Friday Oct. 19 2018. The online auction announced Monday Oct. 22 2018 by auctioneer Christie’s features 22 item

Almost two dozen personal items belonging to the late legendary physicist Stephen Hawking will be for sale at auction beginning on Halloween day.

Only five copies of the Ph.D. thesis exist - although a digital copy was made available online for free by Cambridge University Library's Open Access Week previous year.

Auctioneer Christie's announced the online sale on Monday as part of a larger auction featuring scientific papers by Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, and Isaac Newton, the Associated Press reported.

A copy of a thesis by Professor Stephen Hawking is expected to sell for as much as £150,000 at auction.

Hawking's items will be on display for several days in London, beginning October 30.

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A motorized red and maroon leather wheelchair Hawking used from the late-1980s to the mid-1990s is also for sale.

Thomas Venning, the head of books and manuscripts at Christie's, told the AP that the doctoral thesis reflects both Hawking's scientific achievements and his personal history.

The thesis "was the fruit of him reapplying himself to his scientific work" after being diagnosed with ALS, Venning said, adding that Hawking "kept it beside him for the rest of his life".

Proceeds from the wheelchair lot will go to the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Christie's said.

Hawking, who died in March, had initially resisted the idea of using a wheelchair in the late 1960s but by the late 1970s he was using motorised models, and was renowned for being "a rather wild driver", according to Christie's.

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He is probably best known for his best-selling book "A Brief History of Time" and for his appearances on "The Simpsons".

Additionally, a few more whimsical items will be up for sale, including a copy of the script for a Simpsons episode he was featured in.

A bomber jacket Hawking wore in a 2016 documentary, Stephen Hawking's Favorite Places for the video-on-demand streaming service CuriosityStream, has the lowest starting bid, at £100.

The thesis, one of the five original copies, is signed in Hawking's own handwriting, with the statement, "This dissertation is my original work".

However, he defied all odds, going on to become a towering figure in the world of physics, a bestselling author - particularly with his book A Brief History Of Time - and a father of three and TV celebrity.

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The sale will give "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", said Hawking's daughter Lucy.

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