DALLAS – Batman retains besting himself.
Scorching on the heels of a world file in November when a problem of Detective Comics No. 27 from 1939 bought for $1.5 million, the finest-known copy of 1940’s Batman No. 1 not too long ago shattered that file when it bought on Jan. 14 at Heritage Auctions for $2.22 million – far and away the very best worth ever realized for a comic book e-book starring Bruce Wayne and his caped-and-cowled alter ego.
The difficulty, the only real copy ever to obtain a 9.four grade from the Licensed Warranty Firm, was already a record-setter earlier than the beginning of Heritage Auctions’ four-day Comics and Comedian Artwork occasion. Per week earlier than the Jan. 14-17 public sale even started, Batman No. 1 crossed the $1.53-million mark, besting Detective Comics No. 27.
The e-book shattered estimates and expectations lengthy earlier than it was bought throughout the first session of the four-day occasion. It had seen greater than two dozen bids since Christmas and accrued tens of 1000’s of web page views worldwide; greater than 700 Heritage shoppers additionally saved shut tabs on its progress because it made its manner towards the public sale block, the place heated bidding raised it to its closing record-breaking worth.
This problem of Batman No. 1, that includes the debuts of the Joker and Catwoman, is now the costliest comedian e-book ever bought by Heritage Auctions.
“We knew when the e-book got here in that it was past particular, that it was a once-in-a-lifetime providing – from look, its blindingly brilliant cowl to its white pages, to provenance,” says Heritage Auctions Senior Vice President Ed Jaster of this newly found copy. “As I wish to say, that is only a breathtaking e-book in so some ways. So we’re not in any respect shocked that this has change into a record-setting problem. However we’re terribly proud and honored to have introduced it to market, to have achieved justice to its proprietor and to have discovered it a brand new residence.”
The earlier highest worth Heritage had ever realized for a Batman No. 1 was in 2013, when the Dallas-based public sale home bought a CGC NM- 9.2 copy for $567,625.
Accordingly, Batman No. 1 was not the only real Darkish Knight title to set a file. Throughout the identical kick-off session, one of many most interesting identified copies of Detective Comics No. 359, from 1967, realized $132,000. That’s essentially the most ever paid for a Batman title printed from the mid-1950s till 1970, throughout DC Comics’ Silver Age. That worth shouldn’t shock: The e-book marks the debut of Batgirl, is graded CGC NM/MT 9.eight and bears the coveted Boston pedigree.
And, it comes from the Alfred Pennyworth Assortment assembled by Randy Lawrence, whose celebrated assortment of best-ever Batman comics was famously stolen in January 2019. Lawrence spent the subsequent yr monitoring down his multi-million-dollar assortment, then introduced them to Heritage Auctions. Lawrence’s Golden Age Batman titles realized greater than $1 million throughout November’s Comics & Comedian Artwork occasion.
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