Minty Mint copy of ‘Action Comics’ #1 goes for $3.2 milli
That copy of Action Comics #1 that has been described by some as “so goddamn gorgeous I filled my Double Gulp with my own fluids when I basked upon its glory” has finally had its auction closed. Last week at the halfway point, the son of a bitch was going for almost $2 million. And now at the close, it tacked another shitload of money to its final cost.
The finest known copy of Action Comics #1, featuring the first appearance of Superman, sold late this afternoon on eBay for a record $3.2 million. It’s the first comic to fetch more than $3 million at auction.
The previous record price of $2.16 million was paid in 2011 for a copy of the same comic once owned by actor Nicolas Cage. While both are rated 9.0 by the Certified Guaranty Company, the Cage issue had “cream to off-white pages”; this one is considered to be in pristine condition. They’re the only two copies of Action Comics #1 to receive that high of a rating.
This copy was acquired several years ago in a private sale by Darren Adams of Pristine Comics in Federal Way, Washington, and stored a temperature-controlled vault. He said the original owner bought the comic from a newsstand in 1938, and then kept in a cedar box for about four decades until a local dealer in West Virginia purchased it in an estate sale. The issue then passed to a third person, who held onto it for 30 years.
Adams, the comic’s fourth owner, said he recently turned down an offer of $3 million, opting instead to sell it on eBay. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury.
Lot of fucking money, man. Like — way large amounts of Junior Bacon Cheeseburgers to be had for that sort of cash.