*Update for 02/28/10*
By Annalyn Censky, staff reporterFebruary 26, 2010: 2:55 PM ET
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — The Dark Knight may be Superman’s next greatest nemesis, after Lex Luthor.
Just three days after auction site ComicConnect.com claimed to break world records when it sold an original Superman comic for $1 million, Batman stole his thunder.
A rare, high-quality copy of Detective Comics #27, which marked the first appearance of Batman in 1939, sold for $1,075,500 on Thursday. Heritage Auctions of Dallas sold the comic book to an unnamed bidder on behalf of an anonymous collector.
Seven bidders from three countries participated in the combination live and online auction, taking about eight minutes to decide on a final price — an “eternity” in auction time, said Heritage Auctions president Greg Rohan.
On Monday, ComicConnect claimed to sell a rare copy of Action Comics #1 to an anonymous collector for $1 million.
Action Comics #1, which debuted in 1938, marked the first appearance of Superman. A lesser-quality copy set the previous comic book record, racking up $317,000 at auction last year.
Vincent Zurzolo, who co-owns ComicConnect.com with founder Stephen Fishler, said while his Superman sale only held the record for three days, he was very happy to see two comic books selling for more than $1 million.
“Records are meant to be broken,” and this week will forever go down in comic book history, he said.
Both Detective Comics #27 and Action Comics #1 were originally published by National Allied Publications, a company that later became Detective Comics and then DC Comics. DC Comics and CNNMoney.com are Time Warner subsidiaries.
With several comic book films set to release in 2011, Zurzolo said he expects prices to escalate on rare copies featuring popular characters. Green Lantern, The First Avenger: Captain America and Spider-Man 4 are tentatively scheduled to open in theaters next year.
Rohan said he’s seen prices for incredibly rare items, like original comic books, shoot up between 15% and 25% during the recession, while auction prices for more common collectibles have decreased.
Last month, Heritage Auctions sold a 1913 nickel, one of only 5 in the world, for $3.7 million.
Sale breaks record for price of a comic book
NEW YORK (AP) — A 1938 edition of Action Comics No. 1, widely considered the Holy Grail of comic books, was sold from a private seller to a private buyer, neither of whom released their names. The issue features Superman lifting a car on its cover and originally cost 10 cents.
The transaction was conducted by the auction site ComicConnect.com. Stephen Fishler, co-owner of the site and its sister dealership, Metropolis Collectibles, orchestrated the sale.
Fishler said it transpired minutes after the issue was put on sale at around 10:30 a.m. Eastern time (1530 GMT). He said that the seller was a “well known individual” in New York with a pedigree collection, and that the buyer was a known customer who previously bought an Action Comics No. 1 of lesser grade.
The previous comic book record was set last year when John Dolmayan, drummer for the rock band System of a Down, paid $317,000 for an Action Comics No. 1 issue. Attempts to reach him for comment on Monday’s sale were not immediately successful.
This copy fetched a much higher price because it’s in better condition. It’s rated an “8.0 grade,” or “very fine.”
There are only about 100 copies of Action Comics No. 1 believed to be in existence, and only a handful have been rated so highly. It’s rarer still for those copies to be made available for sale.
“The opportunity to buy an un-restored, high-grade Action One comes along once every two decades,” Fishler said. “It’s certainly a milestone.”
Given its condition and rarity, that such a comic book would sell for so much wasn’t surprising to Fishler. But the sticker shock was nevertheless astounding.
“It is still a little stunning to see ‘a comic book’ and ‘$1 million’ in the same sentence,” Fishler said. “There’s only one time a collectible hits the $1 million threshold.”
Here is the Mos Eisley Cantina environment that you can purchase separately for the new Greedo figure. Now all you need to do is pick up the Episode IV (A New Hope) Han Solo and you are all set. Contact Dan at the store to see what we have in stock at firstname.lastname@example.org. No blasters in the store please!
Mos Eisley Cantina
12 inch Figure Environment
Item Number: 100020
Manufactured by: Sideshow Collectibles
Price: US $89.99
The Mos Eisley Cantina Environment features the scene of the blaster duel as Greedo tracks down the rogue Han Solo, the very table where the two negotiated Han’s debt. Featuring an LED light-up element and a refreshing beverage accessory to quench the desert thirst, The Mos Eisley Cantina Environment is an outstanding addition to any collection, an iconic scene perfect for any display.
Even though the Exclusive Greedo is sold out (the exclusive came with a Han Solo Wanted Poster), if you are really interested, I recommend you get on Sideshow’s wait list for it. I have had good luck with this in the past. Also check with Dan at the store at email@example.com to see if we will have it available.
Here’s the news from Sideshow:
Exclusive Greedo Is Sold Out! Pre-Order The Regular Edition And The Cantina!!
The Sideshow Exclusive edition of our new Star Wars Greedo 12-inch Figure sold out during our Priority Pre-Order, which began at 10am (Pacific Time) on February 19th. If you missed out on placing your pre-order at that time, be sure to sign-up on the Wait List for the Exclusive.Or you can Pre-Order the regular edition, which comes without the wanted poster. Additionally, the Mos Eisley Cantina 12-inch Figure Environment is available for Pre-Order right now!
Greedo Sideshow Exclusive Edition
12 inch Figure
Item Number: 21331
Manufactured by: Sideshow Collectibles
Price: US $94.99
- Item Status:
The Greedo 12 inch Figure features:
- Fully articulated male body (Prometheus 1.0) with 30+ points of articulation
- Authentic likeness of Greedo
- Detailed belt with holster
- Blaster & Interchangeable hand holding blaster
- Unique Hands
- Tasty Beverage
- 12-inch Figure Display Base with Star Wars logo
- Sideshow Exclusive: Wanted poster
A snivelling lowlife in the seedy underworld of Tatooine, Greedo is looking for his ticket to the big league. When he stumbles across wanted smuggler Han Solo in Chalmun’s roughneck cantina in Mos Eisley, the wannabe bounty hunter sees his chance to prove his value to his boss, Jabba the Hutt, and confronts the suave pilot. Apprehending a notorious rogue like Solo would certainly make Jabba take note, and could be the break Greedo needs to become what he aspires to be- a feared and respected hunter, the pinnacle of achievement in Rodian society.
Sadly, this is not to be Greedo’s day. Biting off more than his twitching snout can chew, Greedo collects a blaster bolt in the stomach from Solo instead of a fat reward from Jabba. No fearsome galactic reputation, the scrawny thug’s legacy is just another steaming mess for the long suffering bartender Wuher to clean up after closing time.
Just wanted to drop you an early note about the upcoming Tucson Collectible Toy Show and Sale. This is always a great show with a real diversity of toys to look at. We will have several tables at the show, so stop by and say “Hello” to Dan and tell him you saw this on the blog.
I also have a couple of tables where I will be selling lots of rare and unusual Disney collectibles.
Here some information on the show:
22nd Annual Tucson Collectible Toy Show and sale
Cars, trucks, buses, and other wheeled vehicles; including model kits of all kinds, dolls, airplanes, space toys, trains, banks, farm toys, comic books, and other collectibles
March 7, 2010 – 9:00AM to 3:00PM
Space is limited to 400 tables.
Standard admission is $3.00 / Early Bird Admission is $10.00
*Children under age 12 admitted free
Sponsored by Tucson Miniature Auto Club
P.O. Box 12971; Tucson, Arizona 85732-2971
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT
520.488.4195 or Contact Via Email