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'Holy Grail' Superman Comic Sells For $3.2m

Tuesday, 26th August 2014 09:10

An almost perfect edition of the first comic book featuring Superman has sold for $3.2m (£1.9m) at auction.

The vintage work's seller Darren Adams, a collector in Washington state, described the 1938 edition of Action Comics No 1 as possibly the "best copy in existence" - the "Holy Grail" of comic books.

The cover features the red-caped man of steel hoisting a car over his head.

The character is widely credited with starting the multi-billion-dollar worldwide comic book superhero phenomenon.

Only 50 to 100 copies of the comic book are believed to still exist, most of them in considerably poorer condition than that owned by Mr Adams.

The nearly flawless Action Comics debut was purchased on eBay by marketplace firm ComicConnect, whose director Stephen Fishler has not ruled out putting it back up for sale.

It is believed to be the highest price ever paid for a comic book.

In May, a 1937 two-page spread by Belgian artist Herge depicting his character Tintin on various adventures with his faithful dog Snowy fetched $3.58m (£2.16m).