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Rare Superman comic sells for $3.2 Million

An immaculate edition of a comic featuring Superman's first appearance ...

An immaculate edition of a comic featuring Superman's first appearance in print has sold for a record $3.2 million in an online auction.

The copy of "Action Comics No. 1," which has an image of the superhero lifting a car on its cover, set a record price for a comic book sale in the auction on eBay.com.

Website bosses say it smashed the previous record of $2.2 million set by a different copy of the same edition in 2011.

It was one of the best preserved copies of the publication ever located and was bought by New York-based dealership Metropolis Comics.

Seller Darren Adams, who owns a comic book shop in Seattle, says the item was in pristine condition because the original owner had kept it preserved in a chest.

The first edition of Action Comics cost just 10 cents when it went on sale in 1938, and only around 50 originals are believed to still be in existence.

A spokesman for Metropolis Comics tells the Associated Press, "It's hard to believe that a kid's 10-cent comic could be worth that much money, but it is Superman. That's an iconic thing. It's the first time anybody saw what a superhero was like."

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