Batman Comics Auction Expected To Yield $500,000 (PHOTOS)

07/08/2013 12:59 pm ET | Updated Jul 09, 2013

If your heart pounds for the dark perils of Gotham City, this upcoming auction is right up your alley. Two hugely influential Batman issues are heading to auction in August.

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"Batman #1," featuring the first-ever appearances of the Joker and Catwoman, is up for grabs at Heritage Auctions’ Comic and Comic Art Auction next month. Currently, Batman #1 is the sixth most-valuable comic book of all time, and features cover art by legendary illustrators Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson. However, this isn't its first time on the chopping block; the work, which boasts a 9.2 grade cover, was auctioned two years ago for nearly $450,000.

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The sale also features Frank Miller's black-and-white cover art for "The Dark Knight Returns #2," combining the now iconic storyline with Miller's signature grit. The radically grisly depiction of Batman's face is slated to to sell for more than $500,000, according to the Associated Press.

Heritage Auctions’ Vintage Comic and Comic Art Auction takes place August 1 until August 3 in Dallas, Texas.

Let us know if you're tempted to dig into your piggy bank for this one in the comments.

Correction: In a previous version of this article, we mistakenly used "chopping block" when we meant "auction block." We regret the error.

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