Rare collection of superman and batman comics with Nazi storylines could be auctioned off for up to $96,000 (£69,658)
A rare collection of Superman and Batman comics with Nazi storylines could be auctioned off for up to $96,000 (£69,658).
The 32 books will accept bids separately on May 20 at Moggie’s Auction Service in Marlborough, New Hampshire, USA.
The collection features rare Action Comics issues, the publication where Batman and Superman first appeared in the 1930’s.
The lot also includes many of the early Superman books, including the 13th issue in which the superhero is fighting against Nazis on the cover.
Originally purchased for as little as ten cents (seven pence), the items are now worth up to $3,000 (£2,177) a piece.
They are all in nearly perfect condition, which is not common among those bought in the 30’s and 40’s.
Brandt Onorato, owner of Moggie’s Auction Service, said: “These are very rare. I never saw Batman shoot a machine gun at Nazis until these came in.
“The market is currently on a high and ones this rare increase in value about 30 percent each year.
“Collectors are really drawn to the Action Comics because that’s where these famous characters appeared before they had their own series.
“It’s not often that comic books this old are in this good condition without being kept in plastic. Normally we get items like this with lots of shreds and rips.
“An entire collection is never in great condition. The consignor’s mom must have kept them in a nice, cool place.”
While some of them date back 80 years, Brandt expects to see bidders ranging in age from their 30’s to 70’s.
The auctioneer said: “There’s a really wide range of people who are interested in these comics.
“But the collectors are always likely to bid far more than the dealers.
Pre-bidding has already begun online and some of the books already have a high bid of $1,000 (£726).
With three more weeks until the live bidding takes place, Brandt predicts that ones with the most iconic covers will go for more than $3,000 (£2,177).
He said: “You never know how high an auction is going to go. Some collectors will bid far more than the estimated value.”