I have a print of cover to The Amazing Spider-Man #100 hanging on my wall. There is something really amazing in that cover where you see all of the characters in one place that helped shape the first eight or so years of the series. It comes as no surprise, then, that the original art by John Romita, Sr. broke records when it went on the auction block.
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The winning bidder (who is remaining anonymous) paid $478,000 (plus fees) for the cover, which now goes down as the most expensive piece of Spider-Man art drawn by Romita. Previously, THe Amazing Spider-Man #121 sold for $286,800.
“A true work of art, the winning bidder got a lot of bang for the buck in that the cover depicts so many iconic characters,” Heritage Auctions’ Senior Vice President Ed Jaster said. “This cover was done during the peak period of John Romita, Sr.’s artwork, at a time when Spider-Man’s popularity was extremely high.”
The online auction held by Heritage Auctions had a number of notable items for sale:
- Batman #1 – $334,600
- All-American Comics #16 – $215,100
- The Amazing Spider-Man #1 – $11,352.50
- Fantastic Four #52 – $11,352.50
Surprisingly, there were a number of items that went for sub $1,000 prices, which is yet another reminder that if you have even a small amount of extra income, you too, can own a piece of comic book history.