$657,250. That's how much Todd McFarlane's 1990 Amazing Spider-Man #328 cover is now officially worth, setting a new World Record. The cover, depicting Spider-Man punching the shirt off of Hulk, and declaring himself the new "Strongest One There Is." Looks like Spidey was right.
At July 26, 2012's Heritage Auctions' Signature Comics and Comic Art Auction in Beverly Hills, the single-page black-and-white comic book art drew in the highest value of any American comic art sold at auction. McFarlane's Spider-Man #1, also from 1990 pulled in a paltry-by-comparison but still high $385,500.
“This is an earth-trembling cover illustration and an equally magnificent price,” said Todd Hignite, Vice President of Heritage Auctions in a press release. “McFarlane’s art brims with the raw energy that sky-rocketed McFarlane to the top of the industry and, now, the top of the auction world.”
Full issues are selling well, too. Avengers #1 sold for $274,850, setting a new record for the 1963 issue. A fellow Marvel team book from 1963, X-Men #1, sold for $492,937.50, also a record for the issue, which is rated by the CGC at a 9.8 out of 10.
The auction by Heritage itself looks to set a record, projected to break $9 million in sales. More on Heritage Auctions, including the ability to drop that 700 grand that's burning a hole in your pocket, can be found at HA.com.
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