Heritage Auctions is all set to break the World Book of Guiness Records for the price of a comic sold. They are expecting it to go over $350,000 and the comic in question is Detective Comics #27, the first appearance of Batman.
This latest auction, set to take place February 25-27, is a very exciting one for classic comic collectors. An enormous amount of high profile comic books are being offered up, such as Marvel Comics #1, Green Lantern #1, as well as comic strips and art such as the original cover to Thor #132 by Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta. The cover to Thor #132 is set to start at twelve grand, which seems small since I've seen some recent cover art go for three to six thousand.
These classic comic books have two big things going for them. The nostalgia of an era where brand new characters and worlds were being created regularly and now the fascination of the kind of money it takes to secure them. We all have fantasies of finding such items at a garage sale or in our grandparents attic, and it is funny to hear that such situations are still occurring now and again. Keep your eyes peeled as that box in the attic may just contain a record breaking comic book.
You can see more about the auction at the Heritage Auctions site