Batman OWNS Superman for most expensive comic ever

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Didn't we just write this story? It sure seems like it. Four days ago we filled you in on the fact that Action #1, which printed Superman's first appearance, broke the record for the highest price ever paid for a comic book. It went for for $1 million! Remember?

We figured it would take a while before that new record would be broken.

We were wrong.

According to msnbc, the 1939 comic that contained Batman's first appearance just topped Superman's price by $75,500. Heritage Auction Galleries sold a copy of Detective Comics #27 for $1,075,500 Thursday.

So who coughed up that $1,075,500? We may never know. According to Greg Rohan, president of Heritage, "The buyer wanted to be extremely anonymous, but I can say he's a very serious comic book collector and has been since childhood."

As for why the new record was set, Barry Sandoval, director of operations for Heritage's comics division, said, "Your usual comic from that age is falling apart, dog-eared, moldy ... and there are simply not that many surviving copies to begin with. ... Maybe 50 to 100 even exist, and this is the nicest copy of it we've seen."

So for now, the Dark Knight is on top. Which comic book do you think will surprise us next by setting a new record?

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