First "Star Trek" comic book sells for record $46,500

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The first "Star Trek" comic book sold at an auction for a record-breaking price of $46,500, according to Certified Guaranty Company, a Florida-based comic book grading service.

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The comic book "Star Trek No. 1," which was published by Gold Key in 1967, was sold at a Heritage Auctions sale on Nov. 3.

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CGC said it gave the comic book a near-mint rating of 9.6. The company added it has only given the rating to four other copies of the issue,

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and this one more than doubled the previous record of $20,500 set in 2019.

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The inaugural issue contained "The Planet of No Return" and the story was written by Dick Wood. The series' first cover featured Spock, Kirk and Hikaru Sulu, and went on a 12-year, 62-issue run under Gold Key.

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The series ended in 1979 when Marvel Comics acquired rights to the series and began its own, according to ComicBook.

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The current license holder of the series is IDW Publishing, which launched its first issue in October.

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The history-making book was part of a larger sale of other prized comic books from a collector.

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Among them included comic books from Walt Disney's Comics, Donald Duck, Scooby-Doo and Astro Boy. Several sold for thousands of dollars.

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This sale at Heritage Auctions came days before a rare Buddy Holly poster from "The Day the Music Died" sold for a record-breaking price $447,000.

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The poster is an original advertisement window card memorializing the show that never was, and one of the first tragedies in rock and roll history.

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