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Superman’s first flight up for auction

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 01:26

May 28 - A rare first edition Superman comic, found inside the insulation of a house's walls, hits the auction block in New York. Tara Cleary reports.

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The very first appearance of Superman in a comic book - "Action Comics" number one, from June, 1938. SOUNDBITE: Vincent Zurzolo, co-owner, Metropolis Collectibles, Inc. & Comicconnect Corp, saying (English): "This comic book in the world of collecting is viewed as the greatest book you could own." Co-owner of Metropolis Collectibles, Vincent Zurzolo says the find is "just like a treasure" and marks the birth of Superman and all superheroes. The comic was found by a man in Hoffman, Minnesota, inside the walls of a home he bought for around $10,000 U.S. dollars. SOUNDBITE: Vincent Zurzolo, co-owner, Metropolis Collectibles, Inc. & Comicconnect Corp, saying (English): "He gets into the house and realizes there is going to be a lot of remodeling done here and he starts tearing down the drywall. Tearing down the walls and he finds insulation and also comic books. And one of the comic books he finds and the most valuable comic books he found is this comic book, Action Comics number one. Now to give you some idea, this comic is from 1938, this house was built in the late 30's. So this comic book has been in that wall for over 75 years." Sadly, the book's auction value dropped by around $75,000 dollars when the back cover was torn in a family dispute over ownership. But despite the damage, bidding which began on May 20th, is already at $137,000 dollars. And if offers continue to rise until the auction ends on June the 11th, the Minnesota house will prove to be a super investment.

Superman’s first flight up for auction

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 01:26

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