Batman does battle in US comics auction - but did he beat his $1.075m World Record?
Bruce Wayne would be proud, as another Detective Comics #27 achieves a staggering sum
Heritage has concluded their August sale of Comics and Comic book art - and it's another victory for the Caped Crusader.
Following the World Record price at auction for the 8.0 graded unrestored copy of Detective Comics #27 (which of course introduced 'The Bat-man') of $1,075,000, it was expected that the 7.5 graded unrestored copy on offer until Friday (the 'second nicest' they've ever handled, according to the auction house) would do well.
But how well? High-grade comic books have been coming on in heroic leaps and bounds of late. Given the small difference in grading, it seems a given that the 7.5 copy would bring a six-figure sum, and it was estimated at $400,000.
Extraordinarily, the comic sold for a full $657,250 - a price making it worthy as a sidekick to the February copy as an investment grade collectible.
In the same auction, a copy of Batman #1, published a year after DC27 in 1940, graded at just 5.5 sold for $55,269 - a good price for the less-coveted book as there are several higher-grade copies out there.
Collectors interested in collectibles from Batman's more recent incarnations may wish to take a look at this signed photograph of Katie Holmes, who starred in Batman Begins
|The Heritage comics auction (before DC27 was consigned)|
In the same sale, Carl Barks's Embarassment of Riches oil painting, which depicts Donald Duck with Scrooge McDuck in the latter's money bin brought a stunning $161,325. Barks's works have been increasing steadily in value in recent years.
For autograph collectors there was also a treat: an original Song of the South Animation Production Cel from 1946 (probably recognisable to more people than the name) featuring Brer Bear, Brer Fox, and Brer Rabbit, set against a hand-painted background - and signed by Walt Disney.
It brought $10,157.50 in the live section of the auction and taken home by a delighted bidder.
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Images: Heritage Auction Galleries