Sale 16449
On the Shoulders of Giants: Newton, Darwin, Einstein, Hawking
Online 31 October - 8 November 2018
Sale total including buyer's premium:
GBP 1,824,375
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‘If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants’, Sir Isaac Newton once wrote of his extraordinary scientific achievements. This sale pays tribute to four brilliant minds – Newton, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking – whose discoveries definitively shaped our understanding of the universe. Lots range from a manuscript by Newton exploring his fascination with alchemy to letters by Darwin discussing natural selection and an offprint of Einstein’s great paper on general relativity. The sale concludes with a remarkable group of lots from the estate of Professor Stephen Hawking, including the original typescript of his thesis, a selection of his medals and awards, and a signed (with a thumbprint) copy of A Brief History of Time. The final lot of the sale, a wheelchair used by Hawking, is sold to benefit the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.


Christie's London, King Street
30 October - 6 November


Thomas Venning
Tel: +44 (0)207 389 2255
Unless indicated, all prices listed below are an estimate
Conditions of Sale
All lots in this sale are offered by Christie Manson & Woods Ltd