After a whirlwind of bidding activity, a 9.0-graded copy of Action Comics #1 sold on eBay yesterday for a whopping $3.2-million, the most ever paid for a comic book (another copy sold in 2011 for $2.1-milllion). For reference, I typically buy comics in the $3 - $5 range and can barely afford to eat out of vending machines.
The auction started on August 14 with a bid of $1 million and then gradually flew ever higher over the next 10 days, drawing in 13 different bidders with a total of 48 bids. The action truly heated up over the final few minutes as the bidding quickly jumped from $2.5 million to $2.6 million to $2.7 million before shooting up to $3,207,752. But at virtually the last few seconds, the winning bidder automatically soared in with an offer of $3,207,852 to take home the prize collectible.
The Action Comics No. 1 that sold on eBay on Sunday is considered the "holy grail" of comic books not just for its status in history but for its condition. The issue was awarded a grade of 9.0 from the Certified Guaranty Company, the highest grade ever assigned to a copy of Action Comics #1 issue by CGC and a sign that the 76-year-old comic is still in top condition.
"The quality and preservation of this Action No. 1 is astounding," Paul Litch, CGC Primary Grader, said in a statement last month. "The book looks and feels like it just came off the newsstand. It is supple, the colors are deep and rich and the quality of the white pages is amazing for a comic that is 76 years old."
Only around 50 unrestored original copies of Action Comics No. 1 reportedly still exist.
Damn, a 76-year old comic book that was graded a 9.0? That's no joke. I suspect somebody managed to get their hands on a time machine and is bringing the comics back from the past. Basically the opposite of what happened in Back To The Future II. If you had a time machine, would you go to the past or future first? That was a trick question, I'd knock you the f*** out and steal it before you ever had the chance to go anywhere.
Keep going for a couple more shots and a video of the comic.
Thanks to BRION, mag0984 and J Ellis, whose entire comic collections total a couple hundred bucks.