The machine belongs to Cormac McCarthy, author of The Road (which was recently made into a movie) and No Country For Old Men. He purchased it from a Knoxville, TN pawnshop in 1963. After finding a similar vintage model in better condition (after all, who knows how many words were typed on the vintage Olivetti typewriter), McCarthy agreed to sell it, donating the proceeds to charity.
According to New York auction house Christie's, the typewriter is expected to bring in upwards of $15,000.
And if, like me, you can't stop staring at these retro beauties, take a look at my gallery of vintage typewriters.
Photos courtesy of Christie's