Batman Debut Soars to a Record-Breaking $1.74M

Batman Debut Soars to a Record-Breaking $1.74M

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A rare copy of Detective Comics #27 from 1939 featuring the debut of Batman has sold for a record $1.74 million, becoming the most expensive comic book starring the superhero.

The comic was sold at Goldin Auctions on May 21 as part of the Super Elite Sport and Comic sale. 

The copy Goldin sold has a grade of 6.5 from Certified Guaranty Co. Goldin noted that only six other copies of this issue share that grade, and only eight others are graded higher. According to the auction house, only 36 original copies of this issue are known to exist.

The previous record for the comic was $1.5 million for a CGC-graded 7.0 copy that sold at Heritage Auctions in 2020. 

This copy of Detective Comics No. 27 from 1939 is now the most valuable in the world, after selling for a record $1.7 million.

Featuring the artwork of Bob Kane, the comic book showcases one of the more distinctive and memorable covers of the Caped Crusader of the entire Golden Age. Kane’s art and the story by Bill Finger, “The Case of the Chemical Syndicate,” launched arguably the most popular and prolific superhero career in comic book history. Not bad for a comic that initially cost 10 cents.

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