All-American Comics #16 brings $203,150 in 'greatest-ever comics auction'

A Dallas, Texas, sale has officially become the single greatest comics auction ever conducted after its total sales realised more than $8.79m, last week (February 22-24).

The star of the show was Detective Comics #27. The 1939 first-ever comic appearance of Batman sold for $523,000. You can read our report on this and other highlights from the Billy Wright collection here.

Also auctioned from the noted Billy Wright collection was a copy of All-American Comics #16 (DC, 1940) CGC VF 8.0, featuring the first appearance of Green Lantern.

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The rare copy of All-American Comics #16

Meanwhile, non-Billy Wright Collection highlights in the sale included a Bill Watterson Calvin and Hobbes 1989-90 Calendar Cover.

Few comic artworks are as rare and sought-after as Calvin and Hobbes originals by the characters' creator Bill Watterson. For many collectors, the Calvin and Hobbes newspaper strips are in the same league as Peanuts.

Being a private person, and one of the few cartoonists to shun growing trends for merchandising in the 20th century, Watterson art is scarce and highly in demand.

A Calvin and Hobbes original by creator Bill Watterson

This piece, formerly owned by the noted collector Rick Marschall, brought $107,550 (including Buyer's Premium).

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