Acclaimed artist Todd McFarlane’s original cover art for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ No.328 has broken the previous auction for American comics artwork and sold at auction for an astronomical $657,250/£417,353.
Formerly the record belonged to a splash page from ‘The Dark Knight Returns #3’ which sold for $448,125 (£284,848) in 2011.
The McFarlane cover was sold by Heritage Auctions and included several other pieces from the 1990s that also sold for huge amounts. It depicts Spiderman fighting The Hulk and giving him a punch in the stomach that knocks the stuffing out of him!
It was part of the Shamus Collection of Modern Masterworks, which was put together by Martin Shamus. No details about the buyer have been revealed to the media.
McFarlane’s cover for ‘Spider-Man’ No.1 was also amongst those auctioned. It fetched $358,500/£227,647.50!
Surprisingly (for me anyway) the overall record for the most expensive piece of comics artwork belongs to a ‘Tintin in America’ cover. That sold for the almost unbelievable amount of $1.6 million/£1 million just recently. I guess I never really got the whole Tintin thing…
Wow, it certainly seems like there are a lot of comic book collectors out there who have some serious collateral to throw around!