Rare 'Avengers', 'X-Men' First Issues Sell For Record Prices
The first issue of both Avengers and X-Men fetched record prices at a highly anticpated auction of high-grade Silver Age comics held by Heritage Auctions on July 26.
X-Men no. 1 from 1963 sold for $492,937.50. It is one of two of finest surviving copies in existence, scoring a CGC grade of 9.8 (out of 10) on the what has became the default scale for assessing the quality of an individual book.
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The price more than doubles the previous record of $200,00. X-Men no. 1 now ranks as the second most valuable Silver Age Marvel comic after the first appearance of Spider-Man in Amazing Fantasy no. 15.
Avengers no. 1 sold for $274,850, slightly surpassing the previous record of $250,00. This copy had a grade of 9.6, making it one of the three highest-graded copies known to exist.
The auction continues a record run for collectible comics that has seen prices accelarate. In November Nic Cage's copy of Action Comics no. 1 sold for a record $2.1 million. Earlier this year a copy of Iron Man's first appearance sold for $375,000.
Silver Age Marvels, in particular, have benefitted from the rising prices. In the last two years, the first appearances of the X-Men, Spider-Man, Avengers, Iron Man, Thor and the modern Captain America have all sold for record prices.
See the X-Men and Avengers comics below.
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