McFarlane Cover Brings $657,250
'X-Men' #1 Brings $492,937
Published: 07/27/2012 01:16am
Todd McFarlane’s cover art for Amazing Spider-Man #328, which depicts Spider-Man battling the Hulk, has sold at auction for $657,250, Heritage Auctions announced Thursday. That topped the price for McFarlane’s art for Spider-Man #1, which sold for $358,500 in the same auction. The art was part of the Shamus Collection of Modern Masterworks, assembled by Martin Shamus, Wizard publisher Gareb and Steven Shamus’ father (see "Huge Heritage Auctions Coming").
The price for the cover art for Amazing Spider-Man #328 sets a new record for a single piece of American comic art, topping the price for a Dark Knight splash page by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson set last year ("Miller Page Goes for $448,125").
But that’s still far below the world record price for comic art, set this year for a Tintin cover (see "Tintin Cover Sold for $1.6 Million").
A CGC 9.8 copy of X-Men #1 from the same auction sold for $492,937.50, according to Hollywood Reporter; and a 9.6 copy of Avengers #1 went for $274,850. Those were both record prices for those books.
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Column by Frank LeporeLepore looks at the prices paid for singles.