Classic comics have always been a big auction market, but some of the big sales taking place now are positively astronomical. Want to see the X-Men issue #1, circa 1963, that just sold for nearly half a million dollars?
This issue, which sold for $492,937.50, is one of the best surviving copies left in existence, graded out at CGC 9.8 (Pacific Coast Pedigree). Only one other copy in the world shares this quality grade level.
The product of comic legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, this issue introduced several of the classic mutant characters we've been digging on for decades now.
Interestingly, this price more than doubles the previous price for an X-Men #1 (graded CGC 9.6), which sold for $200,000 in April 2011.
The sale was part of a massive collection of Silver Age Marvel comics being unloaded via auction.
So, yeah—invest in comics, folks.
(Via Bleeding Cool)