8:08pm PT by Andy Lewis
Celebrated 'Spider-Man' Original Art Reaches $268K in Internet Auction
The original cover art to the classic Amazing Spider-Man no. 121 reached a price of $268,875 at an internet auction conducted by Heritage Auctions on Thursday.
The piece will now be offered at the live portion of sale on Feb. 22 in New York City.
The sale comes on the heels of a record-breaking year for original comic art. The cover for Amazing Spider-Man no. 328 (illustrated by Todd McFarlane) sold for $675,250 in July, 2012, the highest price ever paid for original American comic art.
A world record of $1.6 million was established on June 2, 2012, when the cover art to Tintin in America sold at auction in France.
In the key moment, Spider-Man saved Gwen as she fell off the bridge, but the jerk of his webbing broke her neck, killing her. It was one of the most famous deaths in comics history and prompted cries of outrage from fans at the time.
The original art sold by Heritage is a pencil-and-ink drawing measuring 10" x 15" and is described as being in "very good" condition despite its age. Artist John Romita, Sr. signed the illustration in the bottom right corner.