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Larry McMurtry selling typewriters used for ‘Lonesome Dove’

March 2, 2017

This undated photo provided by Heritage Auctions shows two of Larry McMurtry's typewriters he is selling which he used to write his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Lonesome Dove." Heritage Auctions is offering up the typewriters in New York City next week and the Dallas-based auction house expects them to sell for about $20,000. (Heritage Auctions/HA.com via AP)

DALLAS (AP) — Larry McMurtry is selling the two typewriters he used to write his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Lonesome Dove.”

Heritage Auctions is offering up the typewriters in New York City next week. The Dallas-based auction house expects them to sell Wednesday for about $20,000.

McMurtry told The Associated Press he “just decided that it would be fun” to sell them at auction, “and I actually have too many typewriters.”

The author and screenwriter said he still writes on a typewriter and has about 15 of them.

While writing “Lonesome Dove,” a tale of a cattle drive in the 1870s, he kept one typewriter in his hometown of Archer City, Texas, and the other in Washington, D.C. The 80-year-old now splits his time between Tucson, Arizona, and Archer City.

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