Saturday, December 5, 2009

Typewriter Brings $254,500 at Auction

Several years ago, my office scrapped a number of electric IBM typewriters. Perhaps we should have kept them and have them auctioned 50 years later for six figures each just like the typewriter in the picture.

The difference of course is, this Olivetti manual machine was owned by Pulitzer Prize author, Cormac McCarthy.

Mr. McCarthy said he bought it in 1963 for $50 and used it to type all his novels, including a couple that won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award, sold Friday at Christie’s to an unidentified American collector for $254,500, more than 10 times its high estimate of $20,000. Proceeds of the auction will be donated to the Santa Fe Institute, a nonprofit interdisciplinary scientific research organization.

Full article..Cormac McCarthy’s Typewriter Brings $254,500 at Auction

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