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Superman comic: Auction nets record-smashing $3.2 mil for Superman intro comic

Superman comic: Auction nets record-smashing $3.2 mil for Superman intro comic
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A Superman comic, sold for a dime back in June of 1938, fetched a record-breaking auction amount over the weekend - $3.2 million. The eBay auction put up for bids a rare and near mint copy of Action Comics #1, featuring the notable first appearance of the Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster creation: Superman.

It looks like a job for Superman! Up, up and away… went the bids, which grew faster than a speeding bullet. The million-dollar sale makes this comic the most expensive in the world.

Writes Yahoo! Finance: “Action Comics #1 is considered the holy grail of comic books. According to collectors, there are as few as 50 unrestored copies still in existence.”

The buyer remains anonymous, but the seller was Washington collectibles dealer, Darren Adams, who owns Pristine Comics.

"I'm proud to have owned the most valuable comic book in the world...this auction allowed me to share this rare treasure with the global community and ensure the next owner is just as passionate about its place in history," said Adams.

The closing price of the auction was $3,207,852, which concluded Sunday night. The auction started back on Aug. 14 with an opening bid of just $0.99. The auction's listing called the comic the “finest known copy of the most sought after comic book in the world. A 1938 museum piece with perfect white pristine pages.”

Writes Entertainment Weekly:

The massive price tag won’t all go to Adams, though. One percent, or a little over $32,000, will be donated to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, an organization named for both one of the most memorable actors to wear the Superman costume and his wife. The foundation raises funds for research and to care for those suffering from spinal-cord injuries.