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Collector bitten by Spider-Man bug buys comic book for £317,000

A rare copy of a comic book featuring the first appearance of Spider-Man has sold for 454,100 dollars (£317,000).

It was purchased by an anonymous collector, and Heritage Auctions of Dallas, Texas, says the 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 dollars (£837).

He told The Associated Press last week that he bought several rare comics as a young man as an investment.

In 2011, a private collector reportedly paid 1.1 million dollars (£767,000) for a near-mint copy of Amazing Fantasy No. 15.

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