Holy $23m World Record breaking year for collectible comics, Batman!

With final overall 2010 tallies in adding up to more than $677m gross, Heritage Auctions has reported record sales across several categories of its business - including World Record price totals for any auction house in the Comics & Original Comic Art and Illustration Art categories.

"We saw brisk growth in those categories in particular," said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions.

"When we combine the weekly comic and comic art auctions with our Signature auctions, the total for the comics category reaches $23,077,321. [And] Illustration Art, anchored by the Charles Martignette Estate, totalled $14,454,281.

"We've done our research and can't find another auction firm that has ever equalled those totals in these categories," he said.

Detective Comics #29 Batman
Graded 8.0 in terms of quality, this Detective Comics #27 sold for $1.075m

Comics saw several high-profile auctions over the course of the year, with none bigger than the February sale of a CGC graded 8.0 copy of Detective Comics #27, the first appearance of 'The Batman,' for $1,075,500.

The comic made national and international headlines, becoming the highest selling comic ever offered at public auction.

Elsewhere, Illustration Art was bolstered by the notable sales of H.J. Ward's iconic pulp cover, The Evil Flame, for $143,400 in August, while the original Garth Williams cover art for the book Charlotte's Web brought $155,350 in October.


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