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November 8, 2013 - Filed under: Antique Bookcases — David

Fans of the hero Superman will be particularly interested in an auction being held in Croydon during November, as a specially commissioned limited edition comic will go on sale.

Godfrey Bradman, a billionaire property tycoon, commissioned a limited edition Superman comic featuring his son, Daniel. The piece was ordered as a gift in 1988 on his Bar Mitzvah, costing £10,000 for DC Comics to produce around 200 copies.

The copies of the book – which featured Daniel, his half-brother and the family home – were given as gifts to members of the family and friends. One of the rare copies is going to be sold at auction on 20th November, hosted by Catherine Southon Auctioneers and Valuers in Croydon. The comic is titled ‘This Island Bradman’ and features Superman, along with Daniel and his half-brother, being transported to an alien world. Of course, as part of the story the boys manage to escape with the help of the Man of Steel.

The comic is expected to raise between £1,000 and £2,000. Only five copies of the rare item were sold in 2011, with others rarely seen for sale.

Catherine Southon, who has featured on BBC antiques programmes, believes that the excitement builds as you discover more about how and why the comic was created. Lancashire’s collectors of rare literature may be interested in open bookcases in Blackburn, which can be used to store graphic novels and single-issue comics securely. Items purchased at a reputable antiques dealer may cost less than their equivalents sold at auction, as a buyer’s premium isn’t included.

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