Record Broken: Introducing The Most Expensive Comic Book In The World
I’m all good with the idea of to each his own, but I will express that I’ve never quite understood collecting, and especially not the insanity of auctions. I’m not someone who can leave a bunch of unopened stuff and exhibit it like you would artefacts in a museum, especially if said stuff costs ridiculous amounts. But that’s just me and my worthless two cents, and obviously you’re here to hear about how some rich guy splashed a ridiculous amount of money on something comic book related.
If that’s the case, it’s mind blowing time. Today eBay announced that a copy of Action Comics #1, with white pages and a grade of 9.0 from the Certified Guaranty Company (CGC), sold at auction for – wait for it – $3.2 fucking million, which officially makes it the most expensive comic book in the world.
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For the purposes of comparison, the previous record for the most expensive comic book was set not too long ago in 2011, with another copy of Action Comics #1 also with a 9.0 grade, except with off-white pages. But guess what? It sold for $2,161,000, which makes this sale trump that by quite some distance.
The record-breaking comic was sold by collectibles dealer Darren Adams, who is the owner of Pristine Comics in Federal Way, Wash.
Action Comics #1 is widely regarded as the “Holy Grail” of comic books, often for being the first ever appearance of Superman. It is believed that there are as few as 50 unrestored original copies of Action Comics #1 still in existence today. The comic first hit newsstands all the way back in 1938 for the tiny sum of 10 cents a piece, and as mentioned it was the starting point of Superman – the very beginning.
“I’m proud to have owned the most valuable comic book in the world,” said Darren Adams. “Working with eBay on this auction allowed me to share this rare treasure with their global community and ensure the next owner is just as passionate about its place in history.”
“This was a record auction for eBay as it was the most expensive comic book ever sold on our marketplace. The sale of Action Comics #1 is a prime example of how eBay plays a role in popular culture by connecting shoppers to must-have merchandise, including rare and valuable collectibles,” said Gene Cook, General Manager of Emerging Verticals for eBay Marketplaces. “This was an extraordinary opportunity to bring a comic – one that has captured the attention of passionate collectors and casual fans alike. We will continue to bring more of the world’s most unique and compelling merchandise to our passionate and global community of 149 million buyers, at a wide range of accessible price points.”
“It’s a historic moment that not only speaks to the greatness of Adams’ Action Comics #1, but also the overall health of the comic book market,” said CGC Director of Operations, Harshen Patel. “You see it with collectors enjoying record sales, with the performance of Guardians of the Galaxy at the box office and with the attendance at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con this past week. It’s a dynamic time for the comic book industry and its future is very bright.”
It’s worth mentioning that a portion of the proceeds from the auction will actually be donated to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which is a nice gesture. Doesn’t stop this from being batshit crazy though, but I guess cheap and expensive are all relative, and if you’re a billionaire then $3.2 million isn’t exactly ruining you.