Doug Schmell Silver Age comic book collection sells for $3.94 million



2015-06-26 10:55:00

Doug Schmell Silver Age comic book collection sells for $3.94 million

The Doug Schmell/ Collection, regarded as the finest collection of Silver Age Marvel comic books ever assembled, has sold for over $3.94 million at Heritage.

Pieced together over 20 years by the professional dealer and renowned collector Doug Schmell, the collection featured many of the highest-graded copies ever seen at auction for Marvel titles including X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Tales of Suspense and The Avengers.

"This experience was especially satisfying, because Doug is a true gentlemen and a great friend," said Steve Borock, Senior Consignment Director for Heritage’s comic book department. "He's an expert's expert whose Silver Age Marvel collection was the best of the best and the comics, and the final prices realized, spoke for themselves."

Leading the sale was the stunning Pacific Coast pedigree X-Men #1, graded CGC NM/MT 9.8 and described by Managing Director Lon Allen as “for all intents and purposes a perfect specimen”, which sold for $492,938.

"I still can't believe the X-Men #1 9.8 went for nearly went for half a million dollars," said Schmell. "I can't thank the professional team at Heritage enough, especially Steve Borock, who helped me and my family through the entire selling and auction process, who answered every question we had. It was not an easy decision to sell these prized books, but Steve made the transaction much easier, exceeding all my expectations. Thank you to Heritage for promoting my collection, my website, and for making the sale of the collection a very successful one."

Other top-selling lots from the incredible collection included the Pacific Coast pedigree Avengers #1 9.6 which sold for $274,850, the Pacific Coast Tales of Suspense #39 9.6 (featuring the introduction of Iron Man) which brought $262,900 and the White Mountain pedigree Fantastic Four #1 NM- 9.2 which sold for $203,150.

These were joined by a 9.2 copy of Journey Into Mystery #83, which featured the debut of Thor, a 9.6-graded Fantastic Four #4 which achieved $34,655 and the Twin Cities pedigree Daredevil #1 9.6 which sold for $28,680.

"Doug's company,, is a respected and successful comic book venue in its own right," said Jim Halperin, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Heritage Auctions. "In fact, I routinely bid on his web site for my own collection, so we all felt especially honored to have been chosen by such an esteemed colleague and competitor to auction his amazing personal collection."


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