This week, a copy of “Action Comics No. 1,” the first comic to feature Superman, sold for $3.2 million dollars in an auction on Ebay. Originally published in June, 1938, the Superman character along with his alter ego newspaper reporter Clark Kent and Lois Lane are credited with helping shape the superhero genre that we enjoy today. The recent Ebay auction started at $1 million and received 48 bids before The Man of Steel was sold!
At $3.2 million it’s more like the Man of Steal.
Collectables dealer Darren Adams described it as “the Mona Lisa of comics,” and that it “stands alone as the most valuable comic book ever printed.”
Really? The Mona Lisa? Let’s slow down; I can understand how this comic has cultural value, but sometimes people get carried away. Is $3.2 million really worth it for Superman? Another copy of Action Comics #1 recently sold for $2.16 million; which got me thinking: What are some other ridiculous things that sold for ridiculous amounts of money?
Tracy Emin’s Old “Bed” – $4.4 Million
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Elvis Presley Hair, $115,000
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Detective Comics #27 – 1939 (First Appearance Of Batman) $4.23 Million
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Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday Mr. President” Dress, $1,267,500
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Jeff Koon’s Balloon Dog (Orange) Sculpture, $58.4 Million
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Lee Harvey Oswald’s Wedding Ring, $118,000
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Monica Lewinsky’s Lingerie, $12,000
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