DETECTIVE COMICS #27 Sells For $1.74 Million at Auction

Tying the auction record on the Darknight Detective’s anniversary…

A couple weeks back we posted about a fab auction highlighted by a (rare, as always) copy of Batman’s 1939 first appearance in Detective Comics #27.

The auction ended — fittingly — on March 30, the comic’s anniversary. The final tally? $1.74 million, including the 20 percent buyer’s premium — tying the auction record, according to Heritage Auctions.

Here’s the book’s description from the Heritage Auctions website:

“Detective Comics #27 (DC, 1939) CGC FN 6.0 Off-white to white pages,” reads the official description. “Not only is it in contention with Action Comics #1 as the most important Golden Age comic of all, it’s just about as hard to find in any grade! We’ve offered just four copies in higher grades in the last 22 years, and just two nicer copies in the past 10 years! But who could blame collectors for hoarding their copies! Herein are the first appearances of Batman (Bruce Wayne) and Commissioner James ‘Jim’ Gordon. The combination of desirability and rarity makes this issue perpetually outperforming its Overstreet value. Look for this to be the most valuable book in our auction! Batman co-creator Bob Kane did the cover and contributed interior story art, along with Joe Shuster and Fred Guardineer. Currently #2 on Overstreet’s list of Top 100 Golden Age Comics. CGC notes, ‘To my friend Bob Crestohl — Bob Kane’ written on page 1 in pen. Overstreet 2022 FN 6.0 value = $816,000. CGC census 3/23: 2 in 6.0, 14 higher.”

Other major comics were also big draws at the auction, including Superman #1, Sensation Comics #1, Marvel Comics #1, Amazing Fantasy #15, among many more.

Click here for the final prices for those.


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Author: Dan Greenfield

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