McCarthy Typewriter Sells for $254,500
Auction for machine smashes $20K estimate
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2009 6:16 PM CST
In this April 16, 2007 file photo released by the Pulitzer Prize Board, Cormac McCarthy is shown.   (AP Photo/Derek Shapton, Pulitzer Prize Board, Columbia University, File)
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(Newser) – The typewriter Cormac McCarthy used in creating his novels sold today for $254,500, smashing presale estimates of its value. Christie's auction house had projected a winning bid of about $20,000 for the Olivetti manual machine on which McCarthy wrote The Road and No Country for Old Men, among other works. An anonymous buyer will pony up far more cash, which will go to charity.