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Hawking’s chair had wild ride

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The earliest surviving wheelchair of UK physicist Stephen Hawking sold for £296750 (over R5.1million) at a Christie’s online auction, with the proceeds going to the Stephen Hawking Foundation and Motor Neurone Disease Association.

This chair was used from the 1960s until the early 1990s.

The late scientist was known for his occasional wild driving of the wheelchair, having reportedly run over Prince Charles’s toes during a meeting in 1977. A biography later stated he had regretted not having done the same to Margaret Thatcher.

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