Highest-graded Batman #1 Ever Offered for Public Auction Readies for Sale at Heritage

Posted on 7/9/2013

The CGC-graded 9.2 copy of “the Batman’s” first solo comic book is expected to bring more than $500,000 on August 1 in Dallas.

It can scarcely get better for fans of classic paper as the highest-graded copy of Batman #1 ever certified — a 9.2 grade by CGC Near Mint — readies to cross the auction block on August 1 as the centerpiece of Heritage’s Comics Signature® Auction. The event will take place at the Dallas headquarters for Heritage Auctions, located at 3500 Maple Avenue.

“By any measure, this is one of the most desirable comic books in existence,” said Barry Sandoval, director of operations for comics and comic art category at Heritage. “There are just a few comics ahead of this on the ultimate comics list, but it’s close when you see just how fantastic the shape of this book is. Better yet, it’s being sold without reserve.”

The Overstreet Comic Book Guide #42, the latest edition of the authoritative price guide for comics, ranked Batman #1 as the sixth-most valuable comic book, though it is likely to pass its closest competitors in the next year or two — Marvel Comics #1 and / or All-American Comics #16 — to make the top five.

“Frankly, we receive more inquiries about Batman #1 than either of the aforementioned keys,” said Sandoval. “This issue has the first appearances of both the Joker and Catwoman, two of the very few villains to have ‘household name’ status, and the cover art by Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson makes it one of the most recognizable of all comic books.”

Heritage Auctions is the largest auction house founded in the United States and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of more than $800 million, and 750,000+ online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and receive access to a complete record of prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com

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This is a guest article. The thoughts and opinions in this piece are those of their author and are not necessarily the thoughts of the Certified Collectibles Group.

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