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University of Texas paid $2.2 million for Garcia Marquez archive

Austin, United States, Feb 26 (EFE).- The University of Texas, UT, has revealed that it paid $2.2 million to the family of Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez to acquire the personal archives of the late Nobel laureate.

The purchase of the archive, which contains several manuscripts, around 2,000 letters, 40 photo albums and countless notes along with other items, was announced in November, although the cost involved was not made public until Wednesday.

The transaction was made months earlier through Glenn Horowitz Bookseller with its office in New York.

Among the most valuable objects in the archive are the final document of 'One Hundred Years of Solitude' that he sent to the publishers in 1967, and one of the few existing manuscripts of 'En agosto nos vemos' ('We'll Meet in August'), an unfinished novel.

The UT refused initially to make public the purchase contract and asked the Texan authorities for a special permit to keep it a secret, contrary to what is required by state law, but the request was rejected a few days ago.

UT spokesperson Jen Tisdale confirmed the transaction amount to Efe Wednesday.

The Harry Ransom Center, the university institution that now owns the archive, has one of the most important literary collections in the country with works by James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Jorge Luis Borges and William Faulkner among many others.

Its director, Steve Enniss, explained to Efe last November that the decision to go to the Center for the preservation of Marquez's legacy was taken exclusively by his widow, Mercedes Barcha and his sons, Rodrigo and Gonzalo Garcia.

Rodrigo Garcia Barcha said that the intention of the family was always to find the best place for the archives regardless of where it was.

The news aroused some suspicion in Colombia, Marquez's native country, when his son said that the Colombian government never made an offer for the archives.

Marquez died on Apr. 17, 2014 in Mexico City, where he had lived for decades.

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