The Action Comics #1 comic book (pictured above), which featured Superman for the first time, sold for $3.25 million in a private sale in April, according to ComicConnect.com, an online auction company. The sale price is the highest ever paid for a comic book and surpassed the $3.2 million sale of the same item in 2014.
Other vintage comic books have sold well. In January, the first issue of Batman #1, published in 1940, sold at Heritage Auctions for $2.2 million. It was slabbed by CGC with a 9.4 grading. The comic features the first appearance of the Joker, and Batman’s love interest, Catwoman. In April, an 8.0 graded version of the comic book brought just over $1.2 million at ComicConnect.com. The seller purchased the item in 2006 for $80,000. The Overstreet Price Guide previously listed the same item (with the same grade) for $389,000.
Comic books have sold well at Heritage Auctions. In November, the Dallas-based auction company sold the Detective Comics book (Batman’s first appearance) for $1.5 million. It was graded by CGC as a 7. Several other first edition comic books from the late 1930s and early 40s have recently sold at Heritage Auctions for just under $1 million each.