Marvel Comics #1 just sold for a record $1.26 million
80 years to increase over twelve million times in value. That’s a nice markup.
It’s rare to find an almost-perfect copy of Marvel Comics’ first comic book, aptly named “Marvel Comics 1.” But one in near-mint condition just sold for a record $1.26 million.
It’s the “finest known copy” of the comic book, according to Heritage Auctions, which handled the bidding. It’s also the most anyone has ever paid for a comic from Marvel Comics, it said.
The comic book was first released on October 1, 1939, and it introduced fans to characters including the Human Torch, Angel, Sub-Mariner and the Masked Raider.
Originally at www.cnn.com
It had expect to go as high as $1 million, but then they found out the Mylar sleeve was included.
The previous Marvel Comics record holder was a copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 (released in 1962, marking the world debut of Spider-Man), which brought in $1.1 million at auction in 2011.
The all-time record holder for any comic book sold at auction was an original printing of Action Comics #1 (the first appearance of Superman, also published in 1939), which went for $3.2 million on eBay in 2014.