Earlier this week, a copy of the holy grail of comic book collecting, Action Comics No. 1 from 1938, sold on eBay for a record shattering sum of $3.2 million.
This pristine copy of Superman’s first appearance in comic books sold for a whopping $1,046,852 more than the previous record-holder, a less pristine copy of Action Comics‘ first issue, which sold for $2.1 million back in 2011. There are only an estimated 50 copies of the hotly collectible title left in the world.
“I’m proud to have owned the most valuable comic book in the world,” said Adams said in a statement, as reported by Cnet. “Working with eBay on this auction allowed me to share this rare treasure with their global community and ensure the next owner is just as passionate about its place in history.”
The currently sold issue received a 9.0 grade from the Certified Guaranty Company (CGC), the highest grade ever bestowed upon an Action Comics first issue, and was sold by collectibles dealer Darren Adams via eBay. The purchaser was, in fact, the same collectibles company that sold the previous record-holder, ComicConnect, who told CBS News that they would happily find a new buyer for it (assumedly for even more cash).
Part of the proceeds from this historic sale will go to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, which helps fund programs benefiting people with spinal injuries around the globe.