When Robert Irwin was 13, he went to a Sacramento newsstand and paid a dime for a copy of Detective Comics No.27, featuring the debut of “The Batman.” Yesterday at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, he finally sold his comic to an anonymous collector for $492,947.
Only 150 copies out of the comic’s quarter-million original print run are thought to exist. Earlier this year, a copy in mint condition sold for $1.75 million. For one to be offered by an original buyer, however, is a singular event. “To come across an item that someone bought for 10 cents and have it sell for almost a half million dollars—that’s special,” said Heritage’s Ed Jester.
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