Lifestyle

Stephen Hawking's Ph.D. Thesis, Wheelchair, and Simpsons Script Are Going Up for Auction

You could own a literal piece of genius.
IMAGE Getty Images/Eleanor Bentall
Comments

A bunch of loot selected from Stephen Hawking's personal possessions is going up for auction at Christie's in London this month. And by loot, I mean massively important documents that changed how we see our universe, like a copy of Hawking's Ph.D. thesis that he signed and inscribed with the handwritten message, "This dissertation is my original work." Other titles up for auction include "Spectrum of Wormholes," "Black Hole Explosions?" and a copy of A Brief History of Time that bears Hawking's thumbprint.

And most importantly is a copy of The Simpsons script for Season 22 Episode One, "Elementary School Musical," in which Hawking voiced himself rapping. It's expected to go for $2,520 to $3,780, while the signed thesis could for as much as $189,000.

The auction is also giving bidders the chance to own the earliest surviving motorized wheelchair of Hawking's. He used this one from the late '80s to the mid-'90s after being diagnosed with ALS, before he lost control of his hands. You can bet he ran over some famous toes with it, as was his way. Proceeds from the wheelchair will go to the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neuron Disease Association. The auction opens October 31 and lasts until November 8.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

When Hawking died in March, he left behind punishingly complex quantum theories, the declaration that God does not exist in our universe, and some cool scientific artifacts from his life. You probably won't master quantum theory or talk to God, but you can bid on his stuff.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.comMinor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

Comments
View More Articles About:
Recommended Videos
About The Author
Sarah Rense
View Other Articles From Sarah
Comments
Latest Feed
 
Share
 
Share
Whether for work or weekends, formal setup or plain gym time, sneakers have grown into the everyday man’s footwear of choice. 
 
Share
To some, he was a chaotic holdout. To others, he was a soldier who held on to his duty.
 
Share
And which day should you book to score the best deals?
 
Share
Streetwear reached new heights this year.
 
Share
 
Share
This digital service allows you to order from online sites from abroad without a U.S. or U.K. address.
 
Share
The World Talent Ranking measures the quality of a country’s workforce, as well as a country’s ability to develop homegrown talent.
 
Share
Sneakerheads have more sources to soak up the newest information on sneakers today.
 
Share
Tom Hardy, John Boyega, Richard Madden, and more are all in the running for the keys to the DB5.
 
Share
Zack Snyder, Gal Gadot, and Ben Affleck are calling for the release of the original vision of the film.
Load More Articles
Connect With Us