Rare Spider-Man comic brought in over $454,000 at auction after collector who bought the book for $1,200 in 1980 decided to sell
Amazing Fantasy No. 15 came out in 1962 and marks Spider-Man’s debut
A collector bought the comic book in 1980 for $1,200 and kept it in a safe
The 60-year-old comic collector aims to buy a veggie farm with the cash
A Dallas-based auction house says a rare copy of a comic book featuring the first appearance of Spider-Man has sold for $454,100.
The comic book was purchased by an anonymous collector.
Heritage Auctions says Thursday’s sale is a record for a public auction price for any Spider-Man comic book.
The 1962 edition of ‘Amazing Fantasy’ No. 15 was graded as near-mint, with a score of 9.4 on a scale of 1-to-10.
Walter Yakoboski, of Long Island, New York, had bought the comic book in 1980 for $1,200.
He told The Associated Press last week that he bought several rare comics as a young man as an investment.
His most cherished copies were stashed in a bank safety deposit box — he still has 38 prized editions left — while lesser comics fill cabinets in his New York home.
‘This is the first time I really sold anything,’ said the 60-year-old Yakoboski before the sale.
He said he wants to use the proceeds to buy his late father’s 17-acre vegetable farm in Calverton on eastern Long Island.
Stan Lee and Steve Ditko co-created Spider-Man and his alter ego, the educationally gifted but awkward Peter Parker, whose life changed forever when he was bitten by a radioactive spider.
It paved the way for Spider-Man adventures on television and the big screen.
Lon Allen, managing director of the comics department at Dallas-based Heritage Auctions which conducted the sale Thursday said there are probably 4,000 to 5,000 copies of ‘Amazing Fantasy’ No. 15 in circulation. However Yakoboski’s copy is in nearly mint condition.
‘It was graded 9.4 on a scale of 1 to 10, that’s what makes it super desirable and really special,’ Allen said. ‘Whoever buys this comic will be joining an elite club.’
In 2011, a private collector reportedly paid $1.1 million for a near-mint copy of ‘Amazing Fantasy’ No. 15.