Batman comic set to fetch £25,000
Holy smoke - the famous first appearance of Batman is expected to fetch thousands of pounds at auction.
The largest private collection of vintage American comics ever to be sold in the UK is going under the hammer.
The restored 1939 edition of Detective Comics shows the caped crusader battling criminals on the streets of Gotham City for the first time and could fetch £25,000.
There are thought to be only 150 copies of this edition left in the world.
An unrestored edition was sold earlier this year for more than 1 million dollars (£636,000) at Heritage Auctions in Texas.
The sale at Dominic Winter auctioneers, in association with Comic Book Auctions, in South Cerney, Gloucestershire, will see 198 comics up for grabs.
Auctioneer Dominic Winter said: "We are thrilled to see this vast and unique collection of vintage American comics being auctioned."
Batman's lack of remorse for his victims was such an instant hit with comic fans that he received his own solo title in 1940.
A well-restored edition of this title, featuring the Dark Knight with his trusted partner Robin, is also up for auction with an estimated price of £12,000 to £15,000.
The private collection, from a British fan, includes rare edition copies of a number of favourite superheroes.