14 Nov '11, 7am

Would you pay S$1.9m for a comic? A copy of Action Comics 1 is expected to fetch more at an auction

PHILADELPHIA - Up, up and away is synonymous with Superman and may have a new meaning for collectors, too, as an ultra-rare and pristine copy of Action Comics No 1 and went up for auction online Friday. The issue, featuring the first appearance of Superman, is expected to surpass the US$1.5 million (S$1.9 million) record set last year. "It's an iconic milestone of the 20th century," said Stephen Fishler, CEO of ComicConnect.com and Metropolis Collectibles, of the issue, which was published in 1938 and cost just US$0.10. The auction lasts through Nov 30 and has already reached US$1.3 million. The issue for sale has a story of its own that wouldn't be out of place in the pages of a comic book plot, either. Twice before it set the record for the most expensive book ever - it sold for US$86,000 in 1992 and then US$150,000 in 1997. That, Fishler said, was a nod to its near mint...

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