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A World-Record Day For Batman As Detective Comics Number 27 Sells For $1.5 Million Dollars

A copy of 1939’s Detective Comics 27 sold Thursday for $1.5 million – the highest price ever realized for any Batman comic book.

The issue containing the Dark Knight’s debut was sold during the first session of Heritage Auctions’ four-day Comics & Comic Art event that runs through Nov. 22. Thursday’s sale of this unrestored copy, which is graded Fine/Very Fine 7.0 by Certified Guaranty Company, broke a decade-old record for a Batman title.

Previously, the highest price paid for an issue of Detective Comics No. 27 was set on Feb. 25, 2010, when Heritage Auctions sold an 8.0-graded copy of the book for $1,075,000.

Detective Comics No. 27 is now the most expensive comic book ever sold by the Dallas-based auction house, the world’s leading auctioneer of comic books and original comic art. For the last year, that title belonged to the CGC 9.4 copy of Marvel Comics No. 1 that sold in November 2019 for $1.26 million.

There are only two 7.0 copies of Detective Comics No. 27 in CGC’s census. And, only five known unrestored copies have graded higher in the service’s census, which makes the issue that sold Thursday something of a Holy Grail offering. Even before the live auction opened at noon CT Thursday, online bidding for Detective Comics No. 27 had already exceeded $1 million even without the buyer’s premium.

Batman may have been conceived as a hybrid of several predecessors, among them The Shadow, the Green Hornet and Zorro. But artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger’s six-page story “The Case of the Chemical Syndicate,” found in this record-setting book, already included the hallmarks of the Caped Crusader to come: his secret identity as wealthy playboy Bruce Wayne, his friendship with Commissioner Jim Gordon, and the cape and cowl and costume that rendered him “the most flamboyant masked avenger of them all,” in the words of Batman and DC Comics historian Les Daniels.

It’s little wonder that Detective Comics No. 27 currently sits at No. 2 on the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide’s Top 100 Golden Age Comics List, behind only Superman’s bow in Action Comics No. 1.

But for today, at least, Superman has to take a back seat to the Batman.

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Alamo Drafthouse Auctioning Off Rare Mondo Prints

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is inviting guests to bid on the largest and most comprehensive auction of Mondo prints ever. Drawn entirely from Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League’s personal collection of nearly 2,000 Mondo limited edition prints, the auction begins Sunday, November 29th in partnership with eMoviePoster.com. Bidding for each item begins at just $1.

“I love Mondo posters. I own quite a few of them and the interpretations of my films by the Mondo crew are a source of great pride to me,” says Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright. “It is clear they are in the middle of a very cool Venn diagram composed of huge artistic talent and a genuine love of movies.”

The auction will begin at 5:00PM on November 29th and close on December 13th. Bidders must have a free account at eMovieposter.com to bid. Everything in the auction is certified original and in mint or near mint condition. Each poster will be meticulously inspected and graded prior to the auction by the eMovieposter team.

From Tim League: “Cinemas across the country are facing extraordinary financial hardships. We are legally unable to open many of our venues, and where we can open, our capacity is significantly reduced, the product – the supply of blockbuster films – has evaporated, and our debt from accrued rent during closure continues to mount.

100% of proceeds from the sale will go towards paying staff of the Alamo Drafthouse and paying debt and expenses accrued during the COVID closures. These next four to six months are critical and the proceeds from this auction will help immensely.

If you are a Mondo collector, if you have a movie fan in your life who would like something unique under the Christmas tree this year, or if you have never purchased a poster before, we invite everyone to explore the incredible history of nearly 15 years of beautiful poster design in this auction.

Alamo Drafthouse’s history of creating special hand-silkscreened event posters dates back to early partnerships with then gig poster luminary and Mondo co-founder Rob Jones on posters for QT Fest and early outdoor Rolling Roadshow events like Cinemapocalypse. Later, Mondo Tees – the tiny iron-on T-shirt shop in the original Alamo Drafthouse’s ticket booth – began creating and releasing collectible prints that became highly sought-after, and revolutionized the film poster world.

Mondo’s reputation for graphic excellence continues with inventive, artist-driven designs for everything from the latest studio blockbusters to cult classics. That commitment to has led the company to work with a roster of world-renowned artists that include Aaron Horkey, Becky Cloonan, Francesco Francavilla, Frank Kozik, Jermaine Rogers, Jason Edmiston, Jay Ryan, Jay Shaw, Jock, Tula Lotay, Laurent Durieux, Matt Taylor, Olly Moss, Stan Sakai, Shepard Fairey, Drew Struzan, Vania Zouravliov, and many more.

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Heritage Auction To Auction The Classic Variant Cover From Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child By Rafael Grampá

“The Golden Child” is Frank Miller’s triumphant return to the world of the Dark Knight, along with superstar artist Rafael Grampá, the mastermind behind the groundbreaking “Mesmo Delivery.” 

This “The Future is Young” Rafael Grampá Dark Knight Returns: Golden Child Variant Cover original art cover shows the older, and former Robin, Carrie Kelley, as the current Batwoman. Carrie was created by Miller in his Dark Knight Returns run, and stands among the few who are credited with saving Batman’s life. 

On November 26, 2019, DC Comics posted the promotional artwork for this series on their social media, where you can see Batwoman throwing a Molotov cocktail, mixed with the phrase “The Future Is Young”. But as soon as it was released, the publisher decided to delete the promo, and in a movement of revolt against possible censorship by China, protesters in Hong Kong adopted the art as a symbol of the protests. The controversy took on worldwide proportions and this art created by Grampá became featured in The GuardianNewsweekBusiness InsiderEntertainment Weekly, New York Post, Rolling Stone, and in hundreds of other vehicles around the planet. 

The Future is Young – Dark Knight Returns: Golden Child Variant Cover Art
By Rafael Grampá Created in ink and graphite on Bristol board 
Image area of 11″ x 16″
Includes a signed Batman print
In Excellent condition
Item was consigned by the artist to Heritage Auction

Collectors are invited to place a bid until September 13th 2020 HERE.

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Pokémon Card, One of Only Seven Made, Could Be Worth $100K+

A pristine copy of arguably the most sought-after Pokémon card in the world could bring $100,000 or more in Heritage Auctions’ Comics & Comic Art Auction July 9-12 in Dallas, Texas.

Pokémon Super Secret Battle “No. 1 Trainer” Trainer Promo Hologram Trading Card (1999) is one of just seven copies known to exist, and of those, six carry a PSA Gem Mint 10 grade.

“This unique card can easily be the centerpiece of any serious Pokémon card collection,” said Jesus Garcia, Assistant Comics & Comic Art Operations Supervisor at Heritage Auctions. “These cards were given to the winners of regional Pokémon tournaments, of which there were only seven, making this an exceedingly rare prize among collectors. The perfect grade is important, of course, but the sheer rarity of the card is the main reason why it is an inarguable must-have for serious Pokémon collectors.”

The card reads “The Pokémon Card Game Official Tournament’s champion is recognized here, and this honor is praised. By presenting this card, you may gain preferential entry into the Secret Super Battle.”

So secretive was the tournament that the competitors only found out the location of the final round after winning a regional tournament. The finals took place Aug. 22, 1999, in Tokyo.

The Pikachu Illustrator is widely regarded as the most expensive Pokémon card; according to psacard.com, there are 19 Pikachu Illustrator cards certified. But the Super Secret Battle No. 1 Trainer card is even more rare, with just seven copies known to exist.

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Kurt Cobain’s ‘MTV Unplugged’ Guitar Could Sell For $1 Million

The guitar that Kurt Cobain played during his 1993 “MTV Unplugged” performance is expected to sell at auction next month for at least $1 million. The rare D-18E guitar is listed with a number of other items once owned by the Nirvana frontman, who died by suicide in 1994, approximately five months after the New York show.

“This important guitar has earned its rightful place in Rock ‘N’ Roll history as the instrument played by one of rock’s most influential musicians and icons in one of the greatest and most memorable live performances of all time,” said Darren Julien, President of Julien’s Auctions, in a press release. The auction house is hosting the sale in Beverly Hills, Hollywood.

The guitar was previously owned by Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean Cobain, who reportedly gave it up during an acrimonious divorce from her former husband, musician Isaiah Silva.

Just the seventh of only 302 D-18Es built, the guitar was customized by Cobain with a Bartolini pickup. The guitar will arrive in an original hardshell case decorated by Cobain, along with a half-used pack of Martin guitar strings, three picks, and a suede “stash” bag decorated with a miniature silver spoon, fork, and knife. It will be on display starting May 15 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Piccadilly Circus and at Julien’s Auctions Gallery in Beverly Hills starting June 15 ahead of its auction on Friday, June 19 – Saturday, June 20.

More info HERE.

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Jim Lee Auctioning Sketches To Save Comic Book Shops

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt daily life around the world, many businesses are suffering, including the comic book industry.

Jim Lee, the legendary artist known for his work on DC’s Justice League, Batman: Hush, and many other iconic stories and characters has decided to help! The DC Comics Chief Creative will draw and post 60 different sketches—one a day over the next two months. He then will be auctioning off the art on eBay with all of the proceeds going to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC) to support local comic book stores. The high bidder will get to choose the next DC character that Lee will draw for the next sketch and no character will be repeated.

So far, Lee has raised over $100,000 to aid the ailing shops. If you’re in the market for some amazing original art, head over to eBay and place a bid, and follow along with the campaign’s progress on Lee’s Instagram page.

Here are some of the completed auction pieces:

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Creators4Comics Auction To Benefit Comic Shops & Bookstores Hit By COVID-19

Over 100 comics writers, artists, authors, and other supporters are coming together to provide financial help to comic book retailers and independent bookstores hit hard by COVID-19 with the #Creators4Comics Twitter auction to benefit the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC).

With permission, #Creators4Comics is borrowing the successful Twitter auction format used by #AuthorsForFireys, which raised over $500,000 in less than a week to assist Australian firefighting efforts. The Twitter-based auctions will offer everything from signed comics to artwork to unique events and experiences from Wednesday, April 15, to Monday, April 20, under the hashtag #Creators4Comics.  

Among the more than 100 well-known creators and authors already committed to participate are Kelly Sue DeConnick, Marv Wolfman, Geoff Johns, Joe Hill, Scott Snyder, Shannon Hale, Tom King, Gene Luen Yang, Danielle Paige, Jason Aaron, Mark Guggenheim, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Gabriel Picolo, Gail Simone, Brad Meltzer, Ryan North, Paul Levitz, Jeff Lemire, David Mack, Greg Rucka, G. Willow Wilson, James Tynion IV, Cassandra Clare, and Mariko Tamaki. The auction effort is being coordinated by Kami Garcia, Brian Michael Bendis, Gwenda Bond, Sam Humphries, and Phil Jimenez. 

Winning bidders will donate directly to BINC, to which Jim Lee, James Patterson, DC and Boom Studios, Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club, and many others have recently contributed. BINC is accepting applications from local comic shops and bookstores for financial assistance now. BINC’s mission is to strengthen the bookselling community through charitable programs that support employees and their families. 

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1907 Ty Cobb Rookie Card

Nicknamed The Georgia Peach, Tyrus Raymond Cobb was one of the greatest baseball players of all time. His importance to the game only elevates the status of his W600 Sporting Life Cabinet rookie card. 

One of the most important cards in the W600 set, which ran from 1902-1911, Cobb’s card was released in 1907, using the same pose as his T206 portrait card. This particular example has been graded as Good 2 by the PSA due to a chip in the lower right corner but is otherwise bright, clear, and in overall Vg-Ex+ condition.

Current bid $200,000.

More info HERE.

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Movie Poster For The Invisible Man Sold For $182,400 At Heritage Auctions

A rare movie poster for the 1933 classic film The Invisible Man disappeared Saturday night for $182,400 at public auction. The sale coincided with the 2020 remake, starring Elisabeth Moss.

Expectations that it could reach $125,000 were shattered quickly during the bidding at Heritage Auctions. The vintage poster for the famous Universal monster movie is one of just a small handful of examples to exist. 

H.G. Wells’ concept for a crazed scientist turned invisible is holding well with today’s viewers. The 2020 remake of The Invisible Man is popular with fans and critics with Rotten Tomato scores of 92 percent with critics and 88 percent with viewers.

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A Miniature Harry Potter Manuscript Handwritten By JK Rowling Is Going To Auction And Could Sell For £150,000

A one-of-a-kind miniature handwritten manuscript from Harry Potter author JK Rowling is going to auction and is estimated to bring in  £100,000 – £150,000.

The diminutive green and gold hardback consists of 31 pages of Rowling’s handwritten text and drawings and includes the author’s signature.

The tome features text and illustrations connected with the Harry Potter books and it lists the items a Hogwarts student will need for their first year at the school, including uniform, books and accessories.

Rowling first created the book for a charity auction in 2004, where it sold for £10,000, when the Potter market was in its infancy.

More info HERE.

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