The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas was ordered today by the office of the Texas attorney general to release the amount of money it spent, $2.2 million, to acquire the archive of Latin American literary giant Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

The university had argued that the amount should be kept secret because its disclosure would put the university’s Harry Ransom Center "at a disadvantage in negotiating advantageous prices on future acquisitions."

"This is particularly true when the Center acquires the archive of a major figure for a substantial sum," the letter said. "The release of that price information becomes a new benchmark by which future archives are valued."

The American-Statesman and the Associated Press requested the price of the archive when the purchase was announced in November. In the past, the university has provided such information, and the resistance in the case of the Garcia Marquez archive was unusual.