Chicago comic auction breaks 2 world records

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A public auction in Chicago dedicated to vintage comic books and original comic art set two world records last week.

The sale at Heritage Auctions in River North fetched more than $12 million, surpassing the previous record for the world's most valuable comic book auction by more than $1.8 million.

Setting a world auction record for any piece of comic art, artist Frank Frazetta's original painting "Death Dealer 6," sold for $1.79 million on Thursday.

"As the live session opened, the Frazetta painting had a bid of $600,000, but within moments it had come down to two collectors, bidding by phone, who waged a pitched battle for this very desirable painting," said Barry Sandoval, Director of Comics Operations at Heritage.

The highly-anticipated Action Comics #1, featuring the first appearance of Superman, sold for $573,600.

Another rare comic book, Whiz Comics #2, featuring the first appearance of Captain Marvel, sold for $173,275. It is expected to increase in value thanks to the "Shazam!" movie set to be released in 2019.

One of the most sought-after issues of all time, Superman #1, brought $167,300 and 25 bids pushed the auction price of Action Comics #7, known for being the second Superman cover ever, to $161,325.
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