Would you purchase a single comic book for $2.2 million? No? But a crazy batman fan just did! A rare copy based on the fictional character was recently purchased for the whopping sum in a mind-boggling sale of sorts. It also overtook the previous record for the highest-priced Batman comic sold at an auction of all time.
Available in near mint condition, the book was first published in 1940, a year after the character’s debut in Detective Comics #27. In addition to being the first title issue for Batman, the copy also introduces iconic characters like the Joker and Catwoman.
With surprisingly no wear and tear, the comic contains spic white pages. It bears a 9.4 on the Certified Guaranty Company (CGC) scale and is said to be “a very well-preserved collectible with minor wear and small manufacturing or handling defects.”
Collector Billy T. Gates previously owned it for more than 40 years after he purchased it in 1979. He is said to have bought it for $3,000 at the time, which would amount to $11,000 at present. After his demise, Gates left the book with his son, who offered it in a Heritage Auction event on comics and comic book art for sale. Lucky for him, now that he has his bank account brimming!
[Via – Hollywood Reporter]