Amazing Fantasy #15 sets new auction record at Heritage

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2016-02-25 14:05:49

A copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 has sold for a record price during a rare comic books sale at Heritage Auctions.

Published in August 1962, the Marvel comic features the first appearance of Spider-Man, and is amongst the most sought-after titles in the hobby.

The copy offered at Heritage was one of the finest known examples, graded Near-Mint, 9.4 CGC, and was originally acquired by collector Walter Yakaboski back in 1980 along with a handful of other important titles for $10,000.

Although at the time it was a huge sum to spend on comic books, Yakaboski's investmnent paid off handsomely. Having spent 35 years tucked away in a safety deposit box, his copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 sold for $454,100 – the highest price for the book ever achieved at auction.

"It's a superbly preserved copy of one of the most sought-after comic books in the world," said Lon Allen, Managing Director of the Comics Department at Heritage. "It's worth well more than its weight in gold. There are very few like this one."

It wasn't the only key Spider-Man title offered from Yakaboski's collection. He also sold a similarly-graded copy of The Amazing Spider-Man #1, Spidey's 1963 solo debut, for $110,537.

The auction in Dallas offered a number of comic books featuring the first appearances of famous characters.

For Marvel fans there was a copy of Fantastic Four #52, featuring the debut of the Black Panther, which sold for $83,650; a copy of Tales of Suspense #57, introducing Hawkeye, which realized $47,800; and a high-grade copy of The Avengers #1 which sold for $98,587.

For D.C collectors there was a copy of the Golden Age key Detective Comics #27, marking the first appearance of The Batman. Despite a low grade and extensive amateur restoration, the iconic nature of the book saw it surprise the entire auction room with a final price of $167,300.

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