Comic book\Graphic novel auctions had hit seven-figure marks many times and the 20 most valuable comics ever auctioned off have all been sold since 2010. In the past two years, there have been a boom in the collectors’ market thanks to the Hollywood effect.
It’s not only that they are OLD comics, but also they are in very good shape for a book that has been sitting on it’s butt for seventy years or more. There are only a few of those among maybe barely a hundred or two in the world.
Original artwork from heavyweight comic book artists who passed away are also enduring legacies and legends.
“In a way, these are almost like Rembrandts or Picassos,” Michael Zapcic said in an interview with the Wired magazine. “Because these are the last 100 that you’ll ever see of these, I don’t think the price will ever really go down. However, I don’t know how much [higher the prices] could go.”
Here are some of the “holy grail” books with astronomical selling prices.
Action Comics No. 1
This issue of Action Comics No. 1 went for $323,000 but another issue of it sold in late 2011 for $2.161 million. Other copies have sold for prices ranging from $300,000 to $1.5 million.
Amazing Fantasy No. 15
Amazing Fantasy No. 15 is known as the first appearance of Spider-Man. In 2011, an issue of this 1962 Stan Lee-Jack Kirby comic with a CGC grade of 9.6 sold for $1,100,000.
Detective Comics No. 27
Detective Comics No. 27, famous for containing the first appearance of Batman follows Amazing Fantasy No. 15. In early 2010, a CGC-graded 8.0 copy of this 1939 comic sold for $1,075,500.
Todd McFarlane Original Art From The Amazing Spider-Man No. 328
This piece of original art by Todd McFarlane sold at auction for an astounding $657,250 earlier this year, this may be surprising for many, because a piece of art from 1990 had reached a level that not even an original piece by Jack Kirby had ever commanded.
The X-Men No. 1
A copy of The X-Men No. 1. Graded 9.8 by the CGC, brought in $492,937.50.
Flash Comics No. 1
This Flash Comics No. 1 from 1940 sold for $273,125 in 2006 and then resold for $450,000 in 2010.
Frank Miller Original Artwork from The Dark Knight Returns
This piece of Frank Miller art from 1986, the Dark Knight Returns piece sold for $448,125.
Captain America Comics No. 1
In the summer or 2011, this first edition of Captain America Comics from 1941 sold for $343,057.
Fantastic Four No. 1
This original issue of Fantastic Four with a CGC grade of 9.4 brought in $300,000 when it sold in 2011.
Todd McFarlane Original Artwork From Spider-Man No. 1
Another piece of Todd McFarlane cover art from Spider-Man No. 1 went on sale at the same time as the McFarlane piece that sold for north of $600,000 and this one sold for $358,500.