A Minnesota man working on a fixer-upper tore down a wall and found, among the newspapers stuffed inside to insulate it, a copy of Action Comics No. 1. That's right, Superman's first appearance. The birth of superhero comics. It'll go for at least $US100,000 -- but it could have sold for a lot more.
In a gobsmacking story by the Star Tribune of Minneapolis earlier this week, David Gonzalez tells of how he found the comic book, showed it to one of his in-laws, and in a heated argument that followed, tore its back cover -- a defect that lopped $US75,000 off its potential value, in one appraiser's view.
Gonzalez's Action #1 currently has a bid of $US107,333 (Update: It's over $US135,000 now), in an auction being run by a New York auction house through June 11. That's still more than 10 times than the price he paid for the home where he found it, which had a torn roof and was scheduled to be demolished until he picked it up for $US10,100.
Go read the story, it's dumbfounding that someone could still find an edition of the most valuable comic book in the world -- even one graded at 1.5 out of 10 in condition -- in this way, and tragic that his in-laws damaged it.