Iconic wheelchair nets windfall for MND Association
One of Professor Stephen Hawking’s iconic wheelchairs has provided a massive cash boost for the MND Association after smashing through its estimated sale price at auction.
The wheelchair used by the internationally-renowned theoretical physicist and MND Association patron Professor Hawking sold for £296,750, making it the third most valuable lot sold in a Christie’s online auction this year. It had been expected to sell for £10-£15,000, having been described in the auction catalogue as ‘Professor Hawking’s wheelchair….from which his mind voyaged to the outer reaches of space-time, making it literally and figuratively one of the most-travelled wheelchairs in history’.
The money raised will be split equally between the MND Association and the Stephen Hawking Foundation.
Professor Hawking lived with motor neurone disease for more than 50 years and worked closely with the MND Association for many years before his death in March.
Other lots in the auction included Professor Hawking’s original dissertation, his medals and a script from one of his appearances on The Simpsons which sold for £6,000.
MND Association’s Director of External Affairs Chris James said:
“Like everyone else we are overwhelmed by the outcome of the auction which is testament to the regard in which our late patron Professor Hawking was held by people around the world. We are so grateful to the Stephen Hawking Foundation and Professor Hawking’s family for their ongoing support of the Association and for the incredibly generous donation we will receive as a result of the auction.
This money is a very welcome boost which will help us to continue to support people with MND and fund research into treatment and ultimately a cure for this brutal disease.”