Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Wow, Where Did All This Cash Come From?

The final reports are in from the Heritage Auction that took place over the weekend, and have been for a few days. I just got around to looking at the final numbers today, and let me say they are quite impressive, especially considering the state of the economy.

As reported everywhere as well as on this blog, we all know about Detective #27 selling at this Heritage Auction and breaking the newly minted record of One Million Dollars. But what else sold and for how much?

Well it's way too much to list ALL of it, but I picked out a bunch of big ticket items to share. If I had been in the same room with all of these great collectibles I probably would have had a heart attack. Very exciting stuff! I'm sure there are many collectors out there doing a happy dance after winning their highly sought after comics. Kudos to all that bid and won on these stellar examples of the comic book medium.

Big Golden Age Books

Adventure Comics #40 7.0 $38,837.50

All Flash #1 9.4 $33,460.00 (For some perspective they also sold this same comic in a 8.0 for $5676.25. Quite the difference between that 8.0 and 9.4.)

Batman #1 (Denver Pedigree) 9.0 $59,750.00

Brenda Starr #14 (Mile High Pedigree) $13,145.00

Captain America Comics #1 4.5 $21,150.00 (Not too shabby for a 4.5!)

Captain America Comics #3 (Rockford Pedigree) 7.0 $11,352.50

Captain America Comics #15 9.4 $17,925.00

Daredevil #1 9.0 $10,175.50

Detective #18 7.0 $14,340.00

Detective #62 9.4 $26,290.00

Flash Comics #1 4.5 $11,950.00

Four Color #1 Donald Duck 8.0 $20,315.00

Green Lantern #1 6.5 $7170.00

Marvel Comics #1 Pay Copy 9.0 (Better sit down for this one!) $227,050.00
(This is the highest price book from this auction, next to that Detective #27 that hit the million mark).

Marvel Mystery Comics #3 (Larson Pedigree) 9.0 $22,705.00

More Fun Comics #52 (Larson Pedigree) 9.2 $89,625.00

More Fun Comics #53 (Rockford Pedigree) 9.6 $47,800.00

More Fun Comics #54 (Larson Pedigree) 9.2 $38,837.50

Sensation Comics #1 9.4 $83,650.00 (I can NOT believe this book didn't go for more. Poor Wonder Woman, she doesn't get the love she deserves).

Spirit #1 9.6 $6572.50

Startling Comics #49 9.4 $14,340.00

Sub Mariner Comics #1 4.0 $3883.75

Superman #1 2.0 $19,120.00

Superman #1 (Restored) 6.0 $17,925.00 (Just for a little comparison).

Whiz Comics #2 (#1) 2.5 $9560.00

Wonder Woman #1 (Crowley Pedigree) 8.5 $53,775.00

Young Allies Comics #1 9.0 $9560.00

Other Big Books from Other Eras

Amazing Fantasy #15 (Restored) 9.2 $7767.50

Amazing Spider-Man #1 8.0 $16,730.00

Amazing Spider-Man #194 9.9 $3107.00

Cerebus #1 (Dave Sim File Copy) 9.4 $7767.50

Dell Giant Comics: Sleeping Beauty #1 9.8 $4481.25

Fantastic Four Annual #1 9.4 $3107.00

Giant Size X-Men #1 9.8 $6572.50

Giant Size X-Men #1 9.4 $1434.00 (Wow, just look at that price difference!)

Green Lantern #1 9.4 $50,787.50 (Damn impressive book and a damn impressive price!)

Incredible Hulk #1 7.5 $17,925.00

Incredible Hulk #181 9.8 $11,950.00

Journey Into Mystery #83 7.0 $6572.50

Justice League of America #1 8.5 $4780.00

Richie Rich #1 9.4 $8365.00

Tales of Suspense #39 7.5 $5676.25

Venom Lethal Protector #1 (Rare Black Cover Press Error) 10.0 $3585.00

X-Men #1 (White Mountain Pedigree) 9.0 $7170.00 (This is the SILVER AGE book people NOT the Jim Lee book!)

Zap Comix #1 9.0 $7170.00

Zap Comix #1 8.0 (Light Blue Rare Variant) $9261.25

Other Crazy Cool Stuff That Sold at This Auction

Superman #1-#12 (Golden Age) Bound Volume $31,070.00

Vampirella #1 (Magazine) 9.2 $1673.00

Superman Contest Prize Ring (Fine) $4630.63

Alberto Vargas Playboy Painting $179,250.00

Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta Original Cover Art for Thor #132 $5676.25

Snoopy Vs. Red Baron Sunday Strip Original Art 1966 $101,575.00

Wally Wood Daredevil #7 (Silver Age) Original Interior Art $35,850.00

Bernie Wrightson Original Interior Art from Creepy #63 $13,145.00

Bernie Wrightson Original Painting from Murders at the Rue Morgue $41,825.00

There you go boys and girls. This auction was incredible, and I can't wait to see what they have up for auction next time around. They never disclose who bought what, with good reason of course, but I do wonder who has this kind of disposable income for comics and related goods. I'm sure there are plenty of folks out there in the world with extra cash to burn, but seeing all of this together in one auction from one auction house is absolutely astonishing to witness. Good show Heritage Auctions!


  1. Hmmm......still no Captain Carrott. I'm beginning to have my doubts.

  2. I would love to have the Snoopy vs. Red Baron original art. If only I had a spare $100,000 laying around.

  3. also, is there a link to how the officials are grading the comics?

  4. Chris
    these are all CGC graded books. A few books that they auctioned at the Heritage Auctions were NOT CGC graded, but the vast majority were and all the ones I listed here indeed are official CGC books. CGC grades their books by the highest standards and at this point have become the industry standard.