Amazing Fantasy #15 could set new record at Heritage Auctions

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2016-02-05 15:55:42

A copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, featuring the debut appearance of Spider-Man, could set a new world record price at Heritage Auctions this month.

Graded CGC NM 9.4, the comic comes with a valuation in excess of $400,000, but has the potential to go far highesr as one of the world's most sought-after key titles in the hobby.
"Whoever buys this comic will be joining an elite club," said Lon Allen, Managing Director of the Comics Department at Heritage. "There are only a handful of these comics in this condition that exist. We expect the top collectors will be watching this auction closely."

"We think this comic has the potential to realize the highest price ever paid at public auction for a Spider-Man comic book. It could soar well past our estimate."

The current record price for the book stands at $1.1 million, set in 2011 when a copy graded CGC 9.6 sold at ComicConnect. To date it remains the world's most valuable Silver Age comic book, and the only one to ever achieve a seven-figure sum.

Also up for grabs is a CGC NM 9.4 copy of The Amazing Spider-Man #1, the web-slinger's solo title debut published in March 1963, which is expected to sell for more than $130,000.

Both comics originate from the renowned collection of Walter Yakaboski, who acquired them in 1980 along with a number of other Marvel keys for $10,000. At the time it was a large price to pay for comic books, but today Yakaboski's foresight has proved to be a remarkable investment.

The auction will also feature another treat for Spidey fans – a piece of original cover artwork by John Romita Sr. Dating from 1968, this cover art for Amazing Spider-Man #62 features Spider-Man locked in battle with the Inhuman Medusa, and comes with an estimate of $150,000+.

"This cover is in the larger 'twice-up' size that collectors covet," said Todd Hignite, Vice President at Heritage. "It's fresh-to-the-market too. The consignor bought a handful of pieces of comic art in the 1980s and put them away as he focused on collecting other things. He'll have a tidy return on investment to say the least."

The Heritage Auctions sale takes place in Dallas on February 18-20.

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