The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Saturday, November 22, 2014


Super price of $3.2 million for first Superman comic book "Action Comics No. 1"
The cover of copy of "Action Comics No. 1" is shown.
NEW YORK (AFP).- A near-flawless edition of the first book featuring cartoon hero Superman from June 1938 has fetched $3.2 million at auction, according to e-Bay, surging past the previous record for a single comic book.

After the 10-day online auction concluded Sunday, the hammer came down for Action Comics No. 1 with a price of $3,207,852, according to the online commerce site.

The vintage work's seller Darren Adams, a collector in Washington state, described it as possibly the "best copy in existence," the "Holy Grail" of comic books that deserves its status as most valuable in the world.

The cover features the red-caped man of steel hoisting an automobile 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 Adams. It received a 9.0 out of 10 grade, according to independent comic book grader Certified Guaranty Company.

In 2011, another 9.0-grade copy of the comic book -- with faded white pages instead of the pristine white pages of the latest sale -- sold for a then-record $2.1 million.

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

While Superman may well be the world's most famous superhero, he is not the subject of the world's most expensive cartoon art.

In May, a 1937 two-page spread by Belgian artist Herge depicting his character Tintin on various adventures with his faithful dog Snowy sold for 2.65 million euros ($3.58 million), a record for cartoon art in a market where some prices have skyrocketed tenfold in the past dozen years.



© 1994-2014 Agence France-Presse





Today's News

August 26, 2014

Advanced scientific scans show three-million-year-old child skull had no soft spot

Classical, ancient, prehistoric art in spotlight at Artemis Gallery auction Aug. 27

Smithsonian forensic anthropologist brings Kennewick Man to life in new book

Super price of $3.2 million for first Superman comic book "Action Comics No. 1"

Remembering the Great War: Commemorative exhibition opens at Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Bonhams announces 'A Gilded Landscape: Satsuma Ceramics from a Boston Private Collection'

Rubens' Self Portrait being restored at National Gallery for major exhibition in 2015

Monumental bronze by Giuseppe Penone installed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

MoMA and Berkeley Art Museum collaborate on large retrospective of Georgian cinema

ARTnews magazine's redesign unveiled with the September issue; New contemporary logo

Scottish artist Katie Paterson's first exhibition in Scotland on view at Ingleby Gallery

Woodmere Art Museum to present major retrospective of landscape painter Walter Elmer Schofield

Pérez Art Museum Miami announces Jeff Krinsky as Board of Trustees President

Phillips announces highlights from the New York Under the Influence Auction in September

Green power blooms as Japan unveils 'hydrangea solar cell'

The Studio Museum announces 2014-15 Artists in Residence and welcomes new Assistant Curator

Oklahoma Contemporary weaves art through downtown Oklahoma City

'Rock-Paper...Lithographs from the Permanent Collection, Part I' opens at the Snite Museum of Art

Bienal de Sao Paulo announces full list of projects and participants

Survey says attraction offers Titanic incentive to visit Northern Ireland

Ayyam Gallery Dubai announces The Young Collectors Auction

Italy Art LA: The App for the Italian art in Los Angeles

BachmannEckenstein / JapaneseArt to present works on paper & photography at Asia Week New York

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Greece holds breath as skeleton found in Alexander the Great-era tomb at Amphipolis

2.- Spain mourns the death of art collector Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, Duchess of Alba

3.- Meet the ancestors: Exhibition at Bordeaux gallery reveals faces of prehistoric humans

4.- Getty Foundation and partners launch free of charge online art collection catalogues

5.- Historic photos of dead Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara resurface in small Spanish town

6.- Exhibition showcases the first two 'Poesie' created by Titian following their restoration

7.- O'Keeffe painting sells for more than three times the previous world auction record for any female artist

8.- Crystal Bridges announces the departure of museum President Don Bacigalupi

9.- artnet Auctions offers a later example of Yayoi Kusama's important Infinity-Nets series

10.- 'Degenerate art' should go back to museums: German advisor Jutta Limbach



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site