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Wednesday, May 23, 2001
"The scroll on which Jack Kerouac composed "On the Road" 50 years ago was auctioned yesterday at Christie's in Manhattan for $2.4 million, setting the world auction record for a literary manuscript and significantly eclipsing its presale estimate of $1 million to $1.5 million.
The winning bidder, James Irsay, the owner and chief executive of the Indianapolis Colts, walked away to rousing applause with one of the foremost literary relics of the 20th century."