More Fun Comics #73 could fetch six-figure sum at Heritage

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2016-11-08 11:52:19

A rare copy of the classic comic book More Fun Comics #73 could fetch a six-figure sum at Heritage this month, after spending decades hidden in a Wisconsin closet.

The book was originally published in 1941, and is considered a key title issue for Golden Age comic book collectors. 

It features the debuts of two iconic characters, Aquaman and Green Arrow, both of whom have become more popular again in recent years, due to appearances in movies and TV shows.

"Longtime collectors and hard asset investors who are new to the hobby will be vying for this scarce, high-grade comic book," said Matt Griffin, a comics grader and consignment director at Heritage Auctions.

"Especially since Aquaman will be in the upcoming 2017 Justice League of America movie, and his own 2018 movie, which will star Jason Momoa; and Green Arrow is featured in the CW Network's Arrow, starring Stephen Arnell as the Emerald Archer."

Graded CGC VF 8.0 White pages, with two known examples in better condition, the comic is expected to sell for up to $100,000 – ten million times its original cover price!

The book is part of the Columbus Collection – a remarkable private collection of comic books which spent decades hidden away in a house in Wisconsin.

The collection was assembled by a young boy raised in the Wisconsin countryside, who would walk eight miles into his nearest town to buy a comic book every time he had a spare dime. He kept his prized books stacked in a closet, away from any heating or air conditioning, and they remained there tucked away for years before being inherited by his family.

"The great condition and page quality of the books in The Columbus Collection – especially the More Fun Comics #73 – are all the more stunning considering the books' age and the way in which they were kept for 75 years," said Griffin.

The issue of More Fun Comics #73, along with other titles from The Columbus Collection, will be offered as part of Heritage Auctions' Comics and Comic Art Signature sale in Beverly Hills on November 17-19.

Further rare books from the collection are set to feature in sales throughout 2017.

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