A fortunate bidder snagged a near-mint copy of Batman No. 1 (1940) for $2.2 million at this time. From Heritage Auctions:
The finest known copy of 1940’s Batman No. 1 sold Thursday for $2.22 million, far and away the best value ever realized for a comic book guide starring Bruce Wayne and his caped-and-cowled alter ego.
The problem, the only real copy ever to obtain a 9.4 grade from the Licensed Warranty Firm, was already a record-setter earlier than the beginning of Heritage Auctions’ four-day Comics and Comic Art event. Every week earlier than the Jan. 14-17 public sale even started, Batman No. 1 crossed the $1.53-million mark, besting the previous world record set for a Batman title in November when Heritage sold 1939’s Detective Comics No. 27 for $1.5 million.
The guide shattered estimates and expectations lengthy earlier than it was offered through the first session of the four-day occasion. It has seen greater than two dozen bids since Christmas and accrued tens of hundreds of pageviews worldwide; greater than 700 Heritage purchasers additionally saved shut tabs on its progress because it made its approach towards the public sale block.
By Wednesday afternoon, all that curiosity had pushed bids on Batman No. 1 to $1.89 million with purchaser’s premium. Shortly earlier than the public sale opened at midday Central Normal Time Thursday, it had climbed to $1.95 million. Heated bidding raised the ultimate value to $2.22 million.
This difficulty of Batman No. 1, that includes the debuts of the Joker and Catwoman, is now the costliest comedian guide ever offered by Heritage Auctions.
“We knew when the guide got here in that it was past particular, that it was a once-in-a-lifetime providing – from look, its blindingly brilliant cowl to its white pages, to provenance,” says Heritage Auctions Senior Vice President Ed Jaster of this newly found copy. “As I wish to say, that is only a breathtaking guide in so some ways. So we’re not in any respect shocked that this has develop into a record-setting difficulty. However we’re terribly proud and honored to have introduced it to market, to have executed justice to its proprietor and to have discovered it a brand new dwelling.”