Top 10: Comic Books
10) More Fun Comics #52 - $207,000
More Fun Comics #52 was produced by DC Comics in February 1940 and featured the first appearance of the Spectre.
A copy sold at auction for $207,000.
9) Superman #1 - $250,000
Superman #1 first appeared in the summer of 1939, following the character’s successful introduction in Action Comics a year earlier.
A 7.5 graded copy sold for $250,000. Only 44 copies are known to exist, according to a CGC Comics census.
8) Batman #1 - $315,000
Batman was given his own title in 1940, following his first tentative steps in Detective Comics in 1939. Along with Superman, he is one of only two characters to have remained in constant publication since their creation.
In May 2010 a copy of Batman #1 rated CGC 9.0 sold at a ComicLink auction for $315,000.
It was the highest ever graded copy sold at auction, and made well above its $141,000 guide price.
7) Captain America Comics #1 - $343,057
In March 1941, Captain America became the first Golden Age comic book character to appear in his own publication.
A 9.2 graded version sold for $343,057 at a ComicConnect auction in August 2011.
6) Marvel Comics #1 - $367,000
The first Marvel Comic, published in October 1939, introduced the world to Namor the Sub-Mariner, and the Human Torch.
A copy sold for $367,000 at auction.
5) Flash Comics #1 - $450,000
A copy of Flash Comics #1 sold for $450,000 at Heritage Auctions in March 2010.
The first edition from 1940 introduces us to Flash and Hawkman.
4) Detective Comics #27 - $1.07m
In March 2010 Heritage Auctions sold a copy of Detective Comics #27, graded 8.0 very fine by CGC, for a then World Record price of $1.07m.
Detective Comics #27 is most famous for the introduction of superhero, Batman. It was published in May 1939.
3) Amazing Fantasy #15 - $1.1m
A copy of the comic book, graded CGC NM+ 9.6, was sold by ComicConnect in March 2011 for $1.1m.
2) Action Comics #1 - $1.5m
There are thought to be 100 copies of the comic book in existence.
Superman's powers are limited in Action Comics #1 compared to the later Golden Age of comic books. In the first publication he is unable to fly.
1) Action Comics #1 - $2.16m
A CGC 9.0 graded copy of Action Comics #1 made $2.16m at a ComicConnect auction in November 2011.
The copy was owned by actor Nicolas Cage when it was stolen from his home in 2000.
It was found in a storage locker in California in April 2011.
It is not known whether Cage was still the owner when the comic book was sold for the world record price.
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