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    Detective Comics #27 (DC, 1939) CGC VF- 7.5 Off-white pages. Recent record sales have affirmed the status of this issue; it's now the most coveted comic book of all, rivaled only by Action Comics #1. In February, 2010 our offering of Batman's first appearance broke the existing world's record for a price realized for an individual comic book.

    This one's easily the second-nicest unrestored copy we've ever offered. The fact that it's even a mid-grade unrestored copy is significant; we've offered more restored copies over the years than unrestored. And the next highest-graded unrestored copy in one of our auctions was just FN- 5.5.

    About this copy, it's been owned by just two people since its initial newsstand appearance, and it's never left Hawaii until now. The seller, a lifelong Hawaii resident who chooses to remain anonymous, bought the comic for $1,200 while a college student in 1974 from the original (and only other) owner. It's only fitting that he's selling the comic now to pay for his son's college education!

    About the issue itself, the first appearance of Batman came one year after the first appearance of Superman, and the two DC superhero icons have rivaled each other for collectors' favor ever since, with most indications that the Dark Knight is now the more popular. That should mean copies this nice will continue to grow in demand. For this issue, VF- 7.5 has to be considered "high grade." Just consider there has been no CGC-graded copy of Detective #27 to garner a grade higher than VF 8.0 to date, and this offering looks better and better!

    The cover's by Batman co-creator Bob Kane, and other DC Golden Age mainstays Joe Shuster (Superman) and Fred Guardineer contributed to the issue.
    Overstreet 2010 VF 8.0 value = $525,000. CGC census 7/10: 2 in 7.5, 2 higher.

    View the certification for CGC Certification ID 913646001 and purchase grader's notes if available.

    More information about Detective Comics.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    August, 2010
    5th-6th Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 18
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    I have done a preliminary analysis and the total of the hammer prices was $67,550. With BP, the final figure was $80,722.25. That is against the total insurance value of $34,785 or 2.32 x ‘pre-auction estimate’. Incredible, really, so a big thanks.
    Mark A.,
    Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK
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