“An original Superman comic, sold for 10 cents at a West Virginia newsstand in 1938, was purchased at auction Sunday night [Aug. 24, 2014] for $3.2 million, making it the most expensive comic book ever sold,” reports the Los Angeles Times.
The story continues, “The copy of Action Comics No. 1, which features a caped Superman lifting an automobile, was sold on eBay by Darren Adams of Pristine Comics in Federal Way, Wash. The previous record for a comic book was $2.1 million, for another Action Comics No. 1, sold by the actor Nicolas Cage in 2011.”
The article also notes that Adams “first saw the copy in a bank vault. ‘It wasn’t just a copy of Action Comics No. 1. It was the copy,’ he said. ‘I was floored. The emotion was overwhelming.’ Adams paid seven figures for it.
“On the CGC comic book grading scale, it rates a 9.0, the highest rated of any of the three dozen known, unrestored copies in existence.
“Adams and eBay are donating 1% of the sale price to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for spinal-cord injury and paralysis research.”