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A selection of work and belongings of the late theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking snatched hundreds of thousands of dollars per item at a recent Christie's auction.

Among the items sold were his motorised red leather wheelchair and a copy of his doctoral thesis Properties of Expanding Universes — one of five known copies — which sold for £296,750 ($532,663) and £584,750 ($1049,620) respectively.

This morning, Christies announced that it would be auctioning off 22 items from the life and work of renowned theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, who passed away earlier this year. Among the items up for auction will be one of Professor Hawking’s earlier motorised wheelchairs, which he relied on when his battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis left him almost completely paralysed. It’s an iconic piece that will hopefully end up in a museum, not a private collection.

The only thing worse than getting struck by lightning or a large, flying bird is getting struck by a meteorite. Thankfully, the chances of this happening to you are incredibly low -- according to National Geographic, there is only one confirmed case of a meteorite striking a person. So perhaps it's no surprise that a piece of the offending space rock, called "Sylacauga" after the town it landed in, just sold today for one hell of a price tag.