“History has been made on eBay,” a spokesperson for the company tells WebProNews.
We reported last month that Action Comics #1 – the comic book that introduced the world to Superman – was to go up for auction on eBay. It’s often considered the “Holy Grail” of comic books. There are believed to be about 50 unrestored original copies in existence. Dealer Darren Adams had one of them, and it was in remarkable condition. Naturally, he decided to see what he could get for it.
The auction ended Sunday night, closing at 6pm PT, with a winning bid of $3.2 million, shattering the previous record of $2.16 million that was set in 2011. The copy is now officially the most expensive comic book in the world, according to Certified Guaranty Company evaluator Mike Brown.
“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.”
Some of the proceeds from the auction are being donated to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
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