Three choice lots from upcoming Heritage auctions
Not only is Detective Comics No. 27in contention with Action Comics No. 1 as the most important Golden Age comic, but it’s also just about as hard to find. The book, which features Batman’s May 1939 debut, is so rare there are just 75 copies known to exist in any condition and only 14 graded higher than the CGC Fine 6.0 offered here. This copy could rank among the most coveted of all: As CGC notes, Batman’s co-creator Bob Kane left a message, written in ink, on its first page to his friend (and beloved collector) Robert Crestohl.
Detective Comics No. 27
CGC FN 6.0
Auction: March 30-April 2
World Paper Money
This rare Zanzibar banknote is the highest-graded note from the country ever offered at auction. Issued in 1920, it features only one date, while all other denominations were issued first in either 1908 or 1916. In addition, it was printed by Thomas de la Rue, while all other denominations were printed by Waterlow & Sons, meaning it is possible that this smallest denomination was created in reaction to a shortage of coinage, when the price of silver rose dramatically during World War I and coins were hoarded around the world.
Zanzibar Government 1 Rupee 1.9.1920 Pick 1
PMG Extremely Fine 40
Auction: March 23
The Evil Queen, disguised as the Old Hag, deceives Snow White with the poison apple in this original animation drawing from 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The piece captures one of the most iconic and pivotal scenes in Disney’s first animated feature film. As such, it captures one of the most important scenes in Disney history. The Old Hag measures 5 inches by 7 inches, and the drawing is rendered in graphite and red pencil.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Old Hag Animation Drawing
Walt Disney, 1937
Auction: April 13