Saturday 23 September 2017

Pow! $1.07m Batman sale beats Superman

A 1939 comic book in which Batman made his debut sold at auction for more than $1m, breaking a record set just three days earlier by a Superman comic, Heritage Auction Galleries said.

The Dallas-based auction house said the rare copy of Detective Comics No 27 sold for a total of $1.07m (€785,000), which includes the buyer's premium, to a buyer who wished to remain anonymous. The seller wanted to remain anonymous as well.

"It pretty much blew away all of our expectations and now it's the highest price ever raised for a comic book," said Barry Sandoval, director of operations of Heritage's comics division.

A copy of the first comic book featuring Superman, a 1938 edition of Action Comics No 1, sold on Monday for $1m (€733,000) in a sale between a private seller and a private buyer, with the transaction conducted by the New York City auction site ComicConnect.com.

"We can really say that Batman has nosed out Superman, at least for now," Mr Sandoval said.

He said the seller had bought the Batman comic in the late 1960s for $100.

With a bright yellow background, the comic features Batman swinging on a rope above city rooftops.

"That cover is just one of the most famous of all comic book covers," Mr Sandoval said.

Irish Independent

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