A near mint copy of the first Captain America The comic book fetched $3.1 million (£2.4 million) at auction yesterday (April 7).
The premium sale is the highest price ever paid at auction for the debut of super soldier Steve Rogers, who is the only superhero alongside Superman and Spider-Man to have bids over $3 million.
According to Heritage Auctions, bidding opened at $1.8m (£1.4m) but quickly rose to $2.2m (£1.7m).
The Comic Book – 1941 Captain America comics no 1 – came from the historic San Francisco Pedigree Collection and received a Near Mint rating from the Certified Guaranty Company. This made it the highest-priced example to be seen at Heritage Auctions in two decades.
The cover features Captain America, in classic patriotic form, slapping Hitler in the face while Nazi soldiers look on.
A total of $13.1 million (£10 million) was surpassed for all items sold in the first two-hour session of Heritage’s Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction, which runs through April 10 in Dallas, Texas.
Heritage Auctions’ Barry Sandoval said: “Every time I looked up during the comics portion of the session a new record fell and with the comics this trend has continued. We knew this was a selection of truly exceptional material and we are thrilled that the bidders agreed.”
The splash page of Captain America’s first solo Silver Age story – 1964 Stories of Tension No. 59 – also sold for $630,000 (£480,000), the highest price ever paid at auction for a Jack Kirby original. 1961s Fantastic Four Debut surpassed the million dollar mark for the first time, securing $1.5 million (£1.15 million).
Captain America was the first Marvel Comics character to appear in media outside of comics, with the 1944 film series. Captain America. Steve Rogers’ feature-length debut came with the 1990s Captain America with Matt Salinger in the title role.
Chris Evans made his debut as Captain America in 2011 Captain America: The First Avenger since appearing as a character in nine feature films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Captain America 4 – starring Sam Wilson and continuing the events of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier – is currently being scripted.
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