Batman debuting in Detective Comics #27 could be sold for $1.5 million

This comic book can fetch some slasher prices.

A rare, unrestored copy from Detective Comics #27 – Batman’s 1939 Debut – He at public auctionand the final bid can approach rare problems Record price of 1.74 million dollarsaccording to an independent seller.

“$1.5 million isn’t an unreasonable guess,” said Ted Van Leeuw, owner of Super World Comics in Holden, Massachusetts. “It might set a record. I then sought the attention of a maniac.”

Bidding began online for the highly coveted piece of comics history, which has a 6.0 “Fine” rating from Approved Escrow, at just $1 on March 8 through Heritage Auctions.

Already, the highest bid has risen to $612,000 as of early Friday afternoon, with the auction ending March 30 via live bidding in Dallas.

“There are basically two kinds of comics and they are the holy grail of comics,” said Fan Lieu. “First is Action Comics #1 from 1938, first Superman, which started the superhero craze, then Detective Comics #27, which came out the following year.”

Batman and Robin
Bidding for a copy of Detective Comics #27 — the first appearance of Batman — had reached $612,500 by Friday afternoon.
Heritage Auctions

Detective Comics #27 cemented its place in comics lore by introducing the world to orphaned millionaire Bruce Wayne in Gotham City through The Case of the Chemical Syndicate from artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger.

In the feature, socialite Wayne is invited by Commissioner Jim Gordon to the crime scene of a murdered man named Lambert, who is the co-owner of Apex Chemical Corp. , whose son is initially believed to have stabbed the man to death. Dressed as Batman, Wayne tracks down Lambert’s real killer: his greedy business partner who has been killing fellow owners to gain control of their company.

CGC only got 75 copies from Detective Comics #27, with 14 uncredited books rated higher than the book currently on sale.

Page from 1939 Detective Comics #27
The 1939 release featured the debut of Gotham’s orphaned millionaire Bruce Wayne.
Heritage Auctions

The copy is up for auction now because an unnamed seller needs the cash to get a gorgeous new pillow, according to Ed Gaster of Heritage Auctions.

“This particular sender is looking to buy a new home, and it’s a multi-million dollar home, so some of his comic assets are now available,” he said.

Another version of Detective Comics #27 with a score of 6.5 brought in the record-breaking $1.74 million in May.

Superman No. 1 who rake in $5.3 million in a 2022 special sale, holding the record for most expensive comic book.

Superman #1 cover
A quality copy of Superman #1 holds the record for the highest comic book selling price at $5.3 million.
Heritage Auctions

Robert C. Storms of Quality Comics said the comics market broadly has cooled compared to the COVID years, in part due to uncertainty in the stock market and banking systems. However, sales of “super-high” items such as Detective Comics #27 were largely immune to such economic fluctuations.

“There’s only a certain number of buyers who will put that kind of money in, so it really comes down to how comfortable they are spending that kind of money,” Storms said. “The current economy will not affect its sale.”

The sale of Detective Comics #27 comes as part of a larger comic auction that includes copies of Batman #1 and Marvel Comics #1, and the restored Superman #1 book.

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