It’s the crown jewel of Batman comics.
A classic problem of “Batman #1” was purchased for greater than $2.2 million, breaking the record for the priciest Batman comic book ever bought.
The high-grade 1940 problem, scripted by Bill Finger and illustrated by Bob Kane, was bought at Heritage Auctions Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction, which is held from Thursday till Sunday, the Hollywood Reporter reported. It went for a cool $2,220,000, together with the customer’s premium charge.
“Batman #1” is not the primary comic to characteristic the Caped Crusader — that honor goes to “Detective Comics #27” from the yr prior (which coincidentally held the earlier record for costliest Batman comic ever bought for when it went for $1.5 million in November). However, the superhero story does mark the debut of iconic Batman baddies The Joker and Catwoman.
The excessive value will be attributed to the landmark story’s 9.4 CGC designation, which means that it is without doubt one of the uncommon high-quality holdovers — with white pages no much less — from the Golden Age of comics.
Prior to the record sale, the copy was owned by collector Billy T. Gates, who purchased the comic in 1979 at a comic retailer in Houston, Texas for $3,000. When he died in 2019, he handed the exalted merchandise alongside to his son.
With the acquisition, the “Batman #1” problem joins an elite fraternity of graphic novels which have bought for over $2 million. The two different members are the legendary Nicolas Cage-owned Action Comics #1, that includes Superman’s debut, which bought for over $2 million in 2011, and one other “Action Comics #1” that went for an eye-popping $2,052,000 in 2018..
This problem has the excellence of being the costliest comic book ever bought for when a replica bought for $3.2 million 4 years prior. Comics of that caliber hardly ever change fingers, in accordance with BleedingCool.com.