NEW YORK (AP) — One of the few copies of the comic book that introduced Superman to the world has sold for a super-sized, record-setting price.
The issue of Action Comics #1 went for $3.25 million in a private sale, ComicConnect.com, an online auction and consignment company, announced Tuesday.
It narrowly bested the previous record for the comic, set in the auction of another copy in 2014 for slightly over $3.2 million.
The comic, published in 1938, “really is the beginning of the superhero genre," said ComicConnect.com COO Vincent Zurzolo, who brokered the sale.
It told readers about the origins of Superman, how he came to Earth from another planet and went by Clark Kent.
The seller of this particular issue bought the comic in 2018 for slightly more than $2 million.
Zurzolo said that while there were hundreds of thousands of copies initially published, it's estimated only about 100 exist today, and in varying conditions. He said this copy is among the best-kept ones.
“There’s no comic book that you could value higher in terms of a comic book than Action Comics #1," he said.
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Sometime between 1964 and 1968, John Lennon gave his tooth to his housekeeper, Dot Jarlett, to throw away. He quickly changed his mind, according to Rolling Stone, and suggested she give it to her daughter, who was a big Beatles fan.
Jarlett put the tooth up for sale in 2011. It sold for $31,200.
After cutting off his famous side-swept hair in 2011, Justin Bieber decided to give a lock of it to Ellen DeGeneres. The talk show host listed the "gift" on eBay, where it sold for $40,668.
The money went to benefit The Gentle Barn Foundation, an animal rescue organization.