Comic Book & Art Auction Sets New World Record, $12.2M Total Sales

Nancy Harty
May 15, 2018 - 8:18 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A comic book auction held in Chicago over the weekend set a new record.  

The Comic Book & Art Auction fetched $12.2 million. Heritage Auctions Co-Chairman Jim Halperin said the world record was due in large part to one item - a Frank Frazetta’s Original Art titled Death Dealer 6, 1990, it sold for $1.79 million.

"That's the most a piece of comic art sold for either publicly or privately," Halperin said.

The sale surpassed the previous record for the world’s most valuable comic book auction by more than $1.8 million, a record also set by Heritage Auctions in July 2012 at $10,389,821.

In the Death Dealer 6 piece, Frazetta painted a faceless, ax-wielding barbarian with burning eyes, fighting a serpent. 

"He is probably considered by most collectors to be the greatest fantasy artist that has ever worked in comics," he said.

Halperin said not many of Frazetta have been in circulation.

"A few but not quite as high caliber as thing has ever sold at auction before," he said. 

Other notable items sold at the three-day auction include an Action Comic #1 that features the first appearance of Superman, which sold for $573,600. The copy was sold by a longtime American comic book collector who paid $50,000 for the copy 15 years ago. And a Batman #1, which introduced Catwoman and the Joker, never before offered for sale, sold for $227,050.

(Heritage Auctions)

Bidders set another world record when the Original Art for a The Far Side Daily Comic Strip, by cartoonist Gary Larson, sold for $31,070, making it the most expensive Far Side strip ever sold at auction.