It’s official. Detective Comics #27 is now the most expensive comic book ever sold. An anonymous collector shelled out a whopping $1,075,500.00 for the first appearance of Batman. The comic had a grade of VF 8.0 on a scale of 10, making it one of the finest copies in the world. From the Heritage press release:
“This is one of the finest known surviving copies of Detective Comics #27, the first appearance of Batman. Two weeks before the live auction session, online bidding already surpassed the previous comic book auction record of $317,000 set last year for a copy of Action Comics #1, the first appearance of Superman,” said Lon Allen, a Director of the Comics Department at Heritage.
The Batman comic was sold on behalf of an anonymous consignor.
“It was owned for decades and kept in excellent condition by a savvy comic book collector who purchased it for $100 more than 40 years ago. In the 1960s and 1970s many people considered that an outrageous amount of money to spend for a 1930s era comic book,” said Allen.
Well, Superman, you had a good run. You were on top of the world for, oh, three or four days.