It was a notable week in auctions and collecting! The vaulted Promise Collection sets a multi-million dollar world record while Prince's handwritten lyrics for "Nothing Compares to You" hauls in over $150k.


Heritage Auctions put up the first 300 books from the much-talked-about Promise Collection for auction June 17-19, and the results were outstanding. At closing, a world record had been set. Several books realized prices high enough to make collectors take notice, but as a whole, the books from this collection brought in a staggering $22.4 million dollars.

Previously, Heritage's best auction takings had hit the $16.5-million mark, but that number has been definitively topped by almost $6 million after this auction's closing. Nearly 5,800 bidders from around the globe participated in the market-resetting auction, an impressive number by itself.

Heritage Auctions Vice President Barry Sandoval says, “I remember when we were thrilled to have $15 million in comic and comic art sales for an entire year, and this was more than $22 million in just three days.”

The next wave of Promise Collection books will reach the auction block toward the end of August 2021. Read more!

Hot Upcoming Auctions:

GOLDEN AND SILVER AGE GEMS AT AUCTION - ComicConnect is poised to break some records with its latest event auction.  The auction boasts gems of the collecting world, including the first appearance of Batgirl in Detective Comics #359, graded at an impressive 9.0.

The last time a 9.0 sold online, it brought $4,800, and that was a year ago. With all the talk of a Batgirl movie in the works, this is sure to set a new record high. There are only 45 9.0s currently listed on the CGC census, as demonstrated on GoCollect's site.

Another high-grade gem is an All-Star Comics #33 graded at a 9.6. Finding anything from the Golden Age in the near-mint range is a challenge, and this 9.6 is sure to sell for a sizeable price tag. Check it out!

HISTORIC HORROR: CRIME SUSPENSTORIES #22 FOR SALE AT HERITAGE - The horrific image on the front of Crime SuspenStories #22 by Johnny Craig has long been considered one of the most iconic covers in American comic book history. A 5.5 Crime SuspenStories #22 (EC, 1954) CGC FN- Off-white to white pages is listed in this week's 2021 June 27-28 Sunday & Monday Comic Books Select Auction #122126 from Heritage Auctions. Using GoCollect's data, the FMV of this grade is currently $5,250 with the most recent sale being $4,560 (5/24/21). Click the image for more data! Read more.

HERITAGE'S CERTIFIED DC COMICS SPECIAL TITLES SHOWCASE AUCTION - Several DC comics are up for bids on Heritage. With nine more days left in the auction, there's still plenty of time to check out these items. Featured items include House of Mystery #160, Savannah Pedigree, CGC NM/MT 9.8 with white pages. The current high bid on this item is $1,300.  Also, My Greatest Adventure #53 CGC NM 9.4 with off-white pages. This is the highest-graded copy certified by CGC to date. Take a look at all the entries HERE. Be sure to check out the GoCollect data on these books by clicking the titles!

VIDEO GAMES UP FOR AUCTION AT CERTIFIEDLINK - CertifiedLink has several notable video games listed in its currently running auction. Featured items include a new Nintendo 3DS: Pokemon 20TH Anniversary Edition VGA 90 (current bid $4,203), a sealed Super Smash Bros. WII U VGA 95+ (current bid $3,920), and a sealed Game Boy W/Tetris Launch console VGA U85+ (current bid $2,800). The auction ends July 13.  Check out all the entries HERE!

Auction Results:

COMICCONNECT'S AUCTION #46 NOTABLE RESULTS - A 9.6 X-Men #1 sold for a RECORD BREAKING $807,300 and a 9.8 Giant Size X-Men #1 sold for $56,222.  Finally, a 4.0 Archie Comics #1 with slightly brittle pages went for $20,622. Their Zelda 2: The Adventures of Link sold for $15,700, and a John Romita Jr - Amazing Spider-Man #39 Interior sold for $116,000. A 9.4 Star Wars #1 (1977) 35 cent price variant with Harrison Ford Verified Signature sold for $40,500 as well.

MIA HAMM ROOKIE CARD BRINGS A RECORD $34,440 AT AUCTION - Hamm’s rookie card sold for $34,440, a record for the most expensive female athlete trading card ever, at Goldin Auctions’ June Premium Card and Memorabilia Auction.

The auction also featured some of the most expensive soccer items, the most expensive box of unopened Fleer basketball cards, ($461,250) and more than half a million dollars paid for a trading card of NBA legend Kobe Bryant. The auction broke the record for the most bids ever placed in a sports collectibles auction.

HERITAGE RARE BOOKS AUCTION BREAKS $2 MILLION - The first Boston newspaper printing of the Declaration of Independence soared to $175,000, and a single folio leaf from the first volume of the Gutenberg Bible brought a winning bid of $162,500 to lead Heritage Auctions’ June 9-10 Rare Books Auction to $2,700,043 in total sales.

The final tally was the most ever at a Heritage Rare Books Auction, eclipsing the October 2020 sale that totaled $2,255,403. Take a look.

HANDWRITTEN PRINCE LYRICS BRING $150K+ - The handwritten lyrics for Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" sold for $150,986, according to Boston-based RR Auction.

The lyrics are from the collection of Prince's former assistant Therese Stoulil, which were given to her by Prince after leaving the position in 1996. Read more.

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MARVEL STUDIOS TO RELEASE ITS FIRST DIGITAL COLLECTIBLE NFTS - Marvel Studios will be partnering with VeVe, an online marketplace for licensed digital collectibles to launch a whole range of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) for its superhero franchises.

“Through VeVe’s platform, we hope to expand the limits of what Marvel fandom can be, starting with personal and interactive digital collectibles that, through NFTs, fans can truly collect, share, and enjoy in a way that they have not been able to do before.”

FUNKO ANNOUNCES FUNKON 2021 CONVENTION WITH IN-PERSON EVENT - With the world starting to go back to normalcy, Funko has announced that their seventh Virtual Con will have an in-person component with FunKon 2021. Taking place at Funko Hollywood, attendees will have the option to stay virtual or get up close and personal with giveaways, games, live streams, and much more. The in-store celebration will take place August 4 -6 from 10 AM to 6 PM PST and will be a ticketed event with pre-registration opening on July 1 at 10 AM PST.

In addition to signing, Andrew will also be offering his Remarques for purchase. There will be a limited number available so be sure to see examples and pricing details below. All submissions must be received by CGC no later than Friday, July 30, 2021, to qualify for this private signing event.

CGC HOSTS PENCILLIER DAN PANOSIAN FOR PRIVATE SIGNING EVENT - CGC is thrilled to announce that we will be hosting acclaimed comic and storybook artist Dan Panosian, who is known for his work on Captain America, Batman, Spider-Man and Thor.

Panosian was also the lead creative head on a DreamWorks video game about animals that embody the spirit of Kung-Fu, which caught the attention of Steven Spielberg and became the catalyst for the beloved Kung-Fu Panda series.

Dan will also be offering his Remarques for purchase. All submissions must be received by CGC no later than Friday, July 30, 2021, to qualify for this private signing event.

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