A rare comic book has sold for a record price at auction, with the price fueled by the first appearance of Spider-Man. The AP reports that the 1962 edition of “Amazing Fantasy” No. 15 was sold by a Dallas-based auction house for $454,100.
“The comic book was purchased by an anonymous collector, and Heritage Auctions says Thursday’s sale is a record for a public auction price for any Spider-Man comic book,” the AP reports. The book was graded as near-mint, with a score of 9.4 on a scale of 1-to-10. It was reportedly sold by Walter Yakoboski, of Long Island, New York, who bought it as an investment in 1980 for $1,200.
While the sale is being reported as a public auction record, the story notes that a private collector reportedly paid $1.1 million for a near-mint copy of “Amazing Fantasy” No. 15 in 2011.