Heritage to offer "highest-graded" copy of Action Comics #1



2016-07-18 15:09:24

A stunning copy of Action Comics #1, the comic book 'Holy Grail', will lead a Heritage Auctions sale in Dallas next month.

Graded CGC 5.5 FN- 5.5 with cream to off-white pages, the book is expected to bring $500,000 - $750,000 when it hits the auction block.

"It's pretty tough to beat this in the comic world," said Lon Allen, Managing Director of Comics & Comic Art at Heritage. "This is the highest-graded copy we've ever offered at Heritage so naturally we expect bidding to reach our already high expectations."

"The colors on the cover of this copy are particularly bright, and the staples are rust free. It really 'pops' in the new CGC holder. It's a striking copy that absolutely 'wows' when you hold it in your hand."

According to the CGC census, just 37 complete, unrestored copies of the comic book are known to exist, with only eight graded higher than the example offered at Heritage.

The current auction record for a copy of Action Comics #1 is held by a 9.0-graded book, which sold on eBay in 2014 for $3.2 million.

The classic cover of Startling Comics #49, which served as inspiration for a certain alcoholic bending robot (Image: Heritage Auctions)

The classic cover of Startling Comics #49, which served as inspiration for a certain alcoholic bending robot (Image: Heritage Auctions)

In addition to one of the top Golden Age keys, the sale will also feature perhaps the most important Silver Age comic book debut – Amazing Fantasy #15, featuring the first appearance of Spider-Man.

Graded  CBCS VF+ 8.5 Off-white to white pages, the copy also bears the signature of comic book legend Stan Lee himself, and comes with an estimate of $125,000+.

Further highlights from the comic book section of the sale will include a copy of Batman #11 graded CGC NM 9.4, featuring one of the most sought-after covers of the Golden Age, estimated at $75,000+; a copy of Mystery Men Comics #1 from the Allentown Pedigree, graded CGC NM- 9.2 and featuring the debut of The Blue Beetle, valued at $22,000+, and a CGC NM+ 9.6 copy of Startling Comics #49, featuring one of the finest covers ever created by legendary Golden Age artist Alex Schomburg, estimated at $50,000+.

Amongst the original comic book art highlights will be Bernie Wrightson's original cover art for Swamp Thing #1 (see full story here).

The three-day Heritage Auctions Comics & Comic Art Auction takes place in Dallas on August 4-6.

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