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Batman #1 Breaks $1.2M at Auction
Results of Event Auction XLV

Bruce Wayne famously said, “Everything is impossible, until somebody does it,” and selling Batman #1 CGC 8.0 for $1,207,500 was the impossible and ComicConnect is the auction house that did it. ComicConnect sold the comic in Event Auction #45 to a buyer new to comic book investments. 

“The comic book market has proven to be an unshakable diversification option for investors,” explained Vincent Zurzolo, co-founder of ComicConnect. “This past year has been an eye-opener for potential investors who may have been on the fence who have now taken the plunge feet first. Welcome to the party!” The seller purchased the Batman #1 in November of 2006 for $80,000, realizing a return of over 1,400% in 14 years.

The comic depicts the first appearance of the Joker, as well as Batman’s on-again, off-again love interest, Catwoman. There are only six CGC-certified copies higher. “We were the first company to break the $1 million ceiling and in today’s market, it truly feels like the sky is the limit,” Zurzolo considered. “If you have a collection for sale, I’d like to hear from you. My team is accepting consignments in every collectible category through April 22 for our next big auction. If you are looking to begin or add to your own investment portfolio, simply give me a call.” Call him toll-free (888) 779-7377 or email robr@comicconnect.com for assistance with your collection.


Hailing from the Kentucky Collection, the Batman #1 was just one of the outstanding sales from the single owner offering. More highlights: Action Comics #7 CGC 7.0 R $28,877.65, All American Comics #61 CGC 8.0 R $20,940.35, All Star Comics #3 CGC 9.4 $358,800, Archie Comics #1 CGC 8.0 $138,000, more from the Batman run with #2 CGC 8.0 $32,775, #3 CGC 8.5 $23,690, and #4 $47,725, Daredevil #1 CGC 9.4 $67,850, Flash Comics #92 CGC 9.0 $30,476.15, and More Fun Comics #73 CGC 7.0 R $39,100.


More Golden Age from Event Auction #45: All Star Comics #1 CGC 9.2 $44,850, All Star Comics #2 CGC 9.6 $29,325, Batman #1 CGC NG (Coverless) $16,352, Detective Comics #31 CGC 2.5 $56,000, Detective Comics #38 CGC 1.5 $18,075, Sensation Comics #1 CGC 2.5 $28,277, and Wonder Woman #1 CGC 3.0 $20,700.


Silver Age and more: Amazing Fantasy #15 CGC 3.0 $35,000, Amazing Spider-Man #1 CGC 6.0 $25,000, Amazing Spider-Man #14 CGC 9.4 $28,533, Amazing Spider-Man #129 CGC 9.8 $25,875, Avengers #1 CGC 9.2 $62,000, Daredevil #1 CGC 9.6 $125,000, Daredevil #1 CGC 8.5 $24,600, Fantastic Four #2 CGC 9.0 $19,200 and Fantastic Four #12 CGC 9.0 $15,800, Strange Tales #110 CGC 9.2 $42,544, Tales to Astonish #27 CGC 8.5 $31,100, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 CGC 9.6 $88,000, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3 CGC 9.8 Variant $25,000, and X-Men Giant-Size #1 CGC 9.8 $60,000.


Video game highlights: Halo (XB) WATA 9.8 $27,000, Pokemon Crystal (GBC) WATA 9.4 $21,505, Pokemon Emerald (GBA) WATA 9.6 $16,005, and Bubble Bobble 2 (NES) WATA 9.0 $25,505


Original Comic art sales were topped by X-Men #94 page 6 by Dave Cockrum $70,000, a record price for an interior page from the book, while the double page splash from Joe Madureira’s Astonishing X-Men #1 ended at a staggering $27,388, a public record for any piece by Madureira. The Ross Andru cover to Amazing Spider-Man #183 hit $45,000, Jack Kirby’s cover to Black Panther #8 for $40,111, Frank Brunner’s Dr. Strange splash page from Marvel Premiere #9 #24,701, and Herb Trimpe’s Snake Eyes cover to G.I. Joe #119 went for $19,100.

Vintage concert posters achieved strong results with a Pink Floyd poster from 1968 $1,102, a Doors poster from 1967 $1,050, and a 1991 Nirvana poster for $900. Movie and TV props continue to be of interest to collectors, a plate used in the filming of the Bruce Lee classic, Enter the Dragon sold for $4,025, a naval officer’s jacket from the television drama Jag sold for $948, and a Batarang and Robin ‘R’ Rang from DC’s Titans sold for $356 and $719, respectively.

“Thank you to every bidder and consignor, you have my gratitude,” Zurzolo added. “The auction was a success beyond our wildest imaginations, and our next one has the potential to be even better. Our May Mega Monthly Auction starts this coming Monday April 26 at noon and we’re still taking consignments towards Event Auction #46 and no-fee cash advances are available. The deadline is right around the corner!”


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ComicConnect is currently accepting consignments for their next major auction. Contact them today to reserve space as it is on a first-come, first-served basis. Call toll-free 1.888.779.7377 or email us at support@comicconnect.com. Cash advances up to $5 million are available.