i wonder if they used “buy it now”.

Cormac McCarthy’s little blue Lettera 32 went for more than a quarter million dollars, a bit more than the $12,000-$15,000 they had estimated prior to the auction.

See? All you have to do to turn a $50 typewriter into a $250,000 piece of literature history is to buy an old typer on eBay, use it for forty years, and drum out a bunch of critically-acclaimed novels, including a Pulitzer prize winner.


10 thoughts on “i wonder if they used “buy it now”.

  1. Tam says:

    See? All you have to do to turn…

    Shoot, is that all? 😉

  2. Rusty P. Bucket says:

    [First half of Rusty’s comment deleted because I don’t need that particular string of words associated with my blog on a Google search. I don’t relish visits from the Secret Service. –M.]

    Munchkin is a pulitzer stll a prestigous award? I had read some absolute crap lately that has me thinking that it may be about as valuable as Barrack obutthole’s Nobel.

  3. Tam says:

    Betcha he’s pissed about having promised to donate 100% the funds.

    I mean, what’s fifteen grand to Cormac McCarthy? A quarter mil, however, is not chicken feed.

    I did mention that my manager at the outpost of the Vast Petroleum Conspiracy used to be neighbors with him?

    • Marko Kloos says:

      I think even fifteen grand is more than chicken feed to Cormac McCarthy. Few writers can look at fifteen grand and go, “Meh.” Fewer still have Stephen King/J.K. Rowling-caliber bank statements.

      The guy is in his mid-Seventies, and he spends most of his days at the institute that’s getting the donation, so I imagine he’s cool with the whole thing.

      • Tam says:

        I doubt McCarthy’s using Krugerrands to steady wobbly tables, but he’s probably finally gotten to the point where he could be described as “comfortable”, after twenty years of condiment soup.

        Still, it’d be easier for anybody to be magnanimous with a hypothetical $15,000 than a very concrete $250,000. Even J.K. Rowling.

        • FrankC says:

          Well done to the man, but all he’s done is give away an old typewriter. O.K., a typewriter owned by famous writer, but still just an old typewriter.

  4. Pramathesh says:

    It gives me inspiration.I will take care of my computer. May be it can be sold in a similar way.

  5. MarkHB says:

    Pretty nifty – especially if you can pull that trick while you’re still around to enjoy the benefits!

  6. Mike says:

    Is that all it takes? Easy as pie. :p

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