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Booked Up Holds "The Last Book Sale"

It's been a book worm's paradise for years, but on Friday, Booked Up in Archer City turned the page on a new chapter.
Little by little, one man's life work was sold off to the highest bidder.

For almost three decades, Larry McMurtry (the man behind Lonesome Dove and The Last Picture Show) has filled four store locations with more than 300,000 books.

But now, he's saying good-bye to most of his collection.

"I'm 76," said McMurtry, "I'm not going to live forever, and I don't have quite the energy I once had."

Whether book dealer or private collector, literature lovers from far and wide placed their bids, trying to get their hands on a piece of history.

"Larry was a teacher of mine at Rice, and we've kept up some over the years, said Greg Curtis, who also worked with McMurtry at a book store in Houston.

Curtis said when he heard about the auction in the news, he knew he had to come.

"This is a little like a book-end of my life," said Curtis, "you know, the other side of it."

With all of the media attention surrounding the auction, one of the main things that might have been lost in the shuffle is the fact the Booked Up headquarters will remain open.

In fact, McMurtry added a new section called "The Autographed McMurtry Books", which contain some of his best works, individually autographed and up for sale.

"We had actually our best day ever in history Thursday," said McMurtry, "and it's because the [auction] brought people in and this was the only store that was open."

Even though the auction may not be the end of an era for McMurtry, he certainly hopes it could be the start of one for someone else.

"I hope a lot of them will go to young dealers that want to start book stores," he said.

New book stores, filled with Larry's old books.

Reporter's Notes by Ryan Robertson:

Most of the 300,000 books were sold off in lots, but Larry hand picked around 100 books to be sold individually.

Friday's top seller, a rare collection of erotica from the 1930's which sold for almost $3,000
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