Batman comic book sold for $850,000 at Heritage Auction (Photo)

By on May 13, 2012 in Lifestyle, United States Comments

A copy of a 1940 Batman comic book, as shown in the photo below, was recently sold for $850,000 at Heritage Auction, which was bought by an anonymous partnership of investors.

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According to a press release by Heritage Auction on its official website on Friday, May 11, 2012, auction officials arranged the private transaction between the buyer and the seller, whose identity also not revealed.

As noted in the report, the said Batman #1 comic book, which has an original price of nearly 10 cents, 72 years ago, introduced the first appearance of two other familiar comic book characters, Joker and Catwoman.

“The collector paid $315,000 for it about two years ago, and that was the record at the time for a copy of Batman #1, one of the most important comic books in the hobby.” Heritage Auctions Vice President Ed Jaster was quoted at

“The market for high-quality, classic comic books have really skyrocketed over the past few years. The Batman character first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939, and was so popular he got his own comic book series the following year.” Jaster added.

“This particular copy of Batman #1 is the finest known surviving example, graded near-mint condition 9.2 on a scale of one to ten by Certified Guaranty Company (” Jaster explained further.

Meanwhile, a public auction of comics and comic art will be conducted by Heritage Auctions website and on their office in Dallas this coming May 10 and 11, wherein over $4 million worth of items are being expected in winning bids.

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