2-SENIOR TIMES - FEBRUARY 2019 wrote that the piece is his original work. An online catalog states that when Cambridge made thesis contents available online in 2017, so many logged in that demand crashed the website. SMART COLLECTORS KNOW: Hawking was one of a kind and an inspiration to many. As a scientific celebrity revered for many reasons, these significant items made available to the public were a first. More WHAT: When 22 lots from the estate of Stephen Hawking sold recently as part of a Christies London online auction, material ranged from his original Ph.D. dissertation to Hawk- ing's first wheelchair (He maintained a prodigious output despite living for 55 years with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a crippling neurodegenerative disease). The auction posted online for nine days. One standout was a script for The Simpsons titled Elementary School Musi- cal, which aired in Sep- tember 2010. Bound with a purple cover, with content featuring Hawking, the lot brought $8,114, according to conversion rates. MORE: The sale titled On the Shoulders of Gi- ants: Newton, Darwin, Einstein, Hawking, was a compilation of material from all listed. Top seller was Hawkings 1965 dis- sertation for Cambridge University, Properties of expanding universes. In handwriting at the bottom of the title page, the author than 400 bidders from 30 different countries regis- tered to bid. HOT TIP: According to Christies, Hawking ap- peared on The Simpsons four times in 10 years. He joked that being on the show made him more famous than anything in science, and he kept a model of him as he appeared in the show in his home. BOTTOM LINE: Total for the entire sale was $2.4 million (per the exchange rate). All Hawking items were 100 percent sold, and the entire sale was a near sweep. Hawking items came from his estate, and all proceeds were to ben- efit his foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Handwritten Dickens quote brings holiday cheer WHAT: In June 1861, Charles Dickens penned on a 4.5-by-7-inch sheet of stationary, And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless us every one! At the time, he had no way of knowing how desirable that handwritten quote would become. MORE: Sold earlier this month in an online Fine Autographs and Artifacts auc- tion by RR Auc- tion, the quote, accompanied by an engrav- ing of Dickens and housed in a red leather presentation folder, brought $23,597. S M A R T C O L L E C - TORS KNOW: S i g n e d Charles Dick- e n s , K n e b - worth, Tuesday Eighteenth June, 1861, the quote is the inal line from the author's beloved 1843 novella A Christmas Carol. Knebworth House is a historic British manor, dat- ing from the 15th century, where Dickens visited and staged amateur theatricals. HOT TIP: The lot was described in the sale catalog as AQS. Thats the book biz term for Autograph Quota- tion Signed. Boosting the sale was that writing is bold, with a crisp signature. Plus, the paper is in good to fine condition, with light toning on the edges from exposure to light. BOTTOM LINE: Auto- graph and antiquarian book aficionados note that this lot preceded Dickens novel, Great Expectations, by only one month. Rare 'Paul Newman' Rolex WHAT: In the world of desirable vintage watches, the 18-karat gold Rolex is hard to beat. When that Rolex is a Paul Newman named for the late actor, it is a guaranteed high roller. The Newman model is actu- ally a Rolex Daytona, worn by the actor for a 1960s role as a race car driver. Newman continued to wear the model, and in short order it became popular as the Paul Newman Dayto- na. The PN has been made in three separate series and remains coveted by collec- tors to this day. MORE: Theres more to tell about the circa 1969 Daytona Ref 6241 that sold high at Morphy Auctions: The face is decorated with an ultra-rare black/gold theme called the John Player Spe- cial, and that piles on pres- tige. Players name has been lost to lore, yet the watch face that bears his name is celebrated. Characteristics include three sub-dials with Art Deco numerals and -- something new in watches at that time -- a tachymeter scale on the bezel. The original Daytona with a manual wind move- ment was produced in small numbers from 1963 through the 1980s. Rarity makes it even more valuable. SMART COLLEC- TORS KNOW: Two actors most identified with Rolex were Newman and Steve McQueen. When models owned by either come to market, frenzy ensues. HOT TIP: Every Ro- lex bound for the U.S. is stamped on the movement with a three-letter export code. This watch has no code, indicating that it was not made for export. In the rarefied world of high- dollar watches, that adds to cachet. BOTTOM LINE: Ac- cording to the house, the sold Newman was original- ly bought from a high-end jeweler in Switzerland and remained privately owned for almost 50 years. There you have another factor that made it so desirable! (c) 2019 TRIBUNE CON- TENT AGENCY, LLC.
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