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Superman Leaps Auction Record in Single Bound; $3.2M for Comic

This was one comic that Jimmy Olsen didn't roll up in his back pocket. A rare copy of Action Comics #1 – which featured the first appearance of Superman – sold for a jaw-dropping $3.2 million on eBay, making it the most expensive comic in the world. The previous record was set in 2011 when another copy of Action Comics #1 sold for nearly $2.2 million. When it was launched in 1938, the comic sold for just a dime on the newsstands. Action Comics #1 is considered the holy grail of comic books. According to collectors, there are as few as 50 unrestored copies still in existence.The seller of the comic was collectibles dealer Darren Adams, who is the owner of Pristine Comics in Washington. Bidding began on Aug. 14 and ended on Sunday. The identity of the purchaser was not revealed. One percent of the proceeds will benefit the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation for people living with paralysis. Christopher Reeve played the Man of Steel in four Superman movies.

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- Ansuya Harjani, CNBC.com