1940 Batman comic sold for over $ 2 million

Back then it cost ten cents: Now a Batman comic has sold for $ 2.2 million.
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A comic book by the superhero Batman has achieved a record price in the United States. At auction, the 80-year-old edition was sold for $ 2.2 million.

Ein 1940’s Batman comic book sold for over $ 2.2 million in the United States. This is a worldwide auction record for a Batman magazine, said the auction house Heritage Auctions on Thursday (local time) in Dallas, Texas. The buyer wanted to remain anonymous, said spokesman Robert Wilonsky of the German press agency.

Even before the live auction began on Thursday, more than two dozen bidders had pushed the price up since mid-December. On Wednesday, the bid shot up to just under $ 1.9 million (including buyer’s premium).

This far surpassed the previous Batman record holder. In November, Heritage auctioned the 1939 “Detective Comics # 27” issue with the first appearance of the iconic Batman figure for $ 1.5 million.

On the cover of the now auctioned comic “Batman # 1”, Batman and his young companion Robin fly against a yellow background and the red skyline of Gotham City. The characters Joker, Hugo Strange and Catwoman also appear in the booklet. The auction house announced that the magazine was in almost perfect condition. A collector bought it in 1979 for $ 3,000 in Houston, Texas. The original booklet cost ten cents in 1940.


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