COMICS: Original Copy of BATMAN #1 Sells For $850,000 At Auction

COMICS: Original Copy of BATMAN #1 Sells For $850,000 At Auction

A high-quality copy of Batman #1 (Graded at 9.2) which features the first appearance of Catwoman and Joker, has recently sold for $850,000 at a auction. Hit the jump to find out more!

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By Wildaniel LaBoy - 5/11/2012
An investment partnership has paid a record price of $850,000 for a 1940 copy of the Batman #1 comic book, according to officials of Heritage Auctions ( who arranged the private transaction between the investors and a collector. The comic book originally cost 10 cents when it was published 72 years ago.

"The collector paid $315,000 for it about two years ago, and that was the record at the time for a copy of Batman #1, one of the most important comic books in the hobby. The market for high-quality, classic comic books has really skyrocketed over the past few years," said Ed Jaster, Vice President of Heritage Auctions.

The identities of the seller and the investors who purchased the comic book for $850,000 were not revealed.

Batman #1 introduced the first appearance of two other familiar comic book characters, the Joker and Catwoman.

"The Batman character first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939, and was so popular he got his own comic book series the following year. This particular copy of Batman #1 is the finest known surviving example, graded near-mint condition 9.2 on a scale of one to ten by Certified Guaranty Company (
Source: Comic Alliance
Rowsdower - 5/11/2012, 5:50 PM
Wildaniel - 5/11/2012, 5:54 PM
You know since it is graded at 9.2 (meaning its like brand NEW) you would think it would have sold for alot more!

Its also the first appearance of Catwoman and Joker!!!
Wildaniel - 5/11/2012, 6:18 PM

Scott Snyder's Batman is AWESOME! Maybe in 70 years it will cost $850,000 lol.

I have all 9 issues out, plus the variant covers!
manymade1 - 5/11/2012, 7:23 PM
Thats all? You'd think it would've sold for more than triple that.
Ha1frican - 5/12/2012, 7:23 AM
@manymade1 well it's Batman #1 not detective comics #27
Ha1frican - 5/12/2012, 7:30 AM
@mbembet except the fact that Action Comics #1 sold for 1.5 million.. even DC #27 couldn't touch that...
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 5/12/2012, 7:30 AM
beat me to it
wedontdie - 5/12/2012, 11:45 AM
Superman is still Numero #1

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