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December 6, 2009

Cormac McCarthy's typewriter: Episode 2: Going, going, gone — for $254,500

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That's what the machine (above) brought at auction at Christie's Friday, from an unidentified American buyer.

Estimated at $15,000 to $20,000, it obviously incited unanticipated major collecting lust.

Wrote Randy Kennedy in yesterday's New York Times "Arts, Briefly" feature, "Mr. McCarthy will not be using the opportunity to go digital after all these years [he purchased the typewriter for $50 in 1963 and used it to type all his novels]. A friend of his recently bought him a replacement typewriter — the same Olivetti model — for less than $20."

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