Quiz Answer: Can You Spot the Most Valuable American Antique?

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On the 4th, we kicked off a quiz which posed the question, "If you were to come across these four items priced equally at a flea market this weekend, which would you choose as the best potential investment?" Ready to see if your American antique spotting eye is right on?

Click on the quiz to guess first - then jump below for the answer!

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The answer is: the Marvel Comic Book! It sold for $190,000 in 2010.

From Live Auctioneers:

One of the most famous single comics in the hobby, this is tied with one other at the top of CGC's census, yet equaled by none in terms of significance. This comic is the first newsstand appearance of all four of those classic characters, and it's also the first comic book by Timely (later known as Marvel). As such, this is the beginning of the Marvel Universe and the entire pop culture phenomenon that that entails. This is referred to as the pay copy or "payout copy" because it's the one used by the Lloyd Jacquet studio (aka Funnies Inc.), which produced the comic in its entirety for Timely, to record how much each contributor was paid, on which date and with which check number. For instance, the handwritten notation on the cover tells us that cover artist Frank R. Paul received $25 to draw this now-legendary cover. The inside look that this gives the owner at the very genesis of the Timely/Marvel line is what makes this one of the most desirable single copies of any comic book. Also noted on the interior pages are payments to Bill Everett (for the Sub-Mariner story), Carl Burgos (for the Human Torch story), Ben Thompson (Ka-Zar), Paul Gustavson (the Angel), and others, all dating from late July 1939.

Nice job to those who guessed correctly!

  • The Andy Warhol Marilyn print sold for $65,000 in 2012
  • The Audubon plate sold for $60,000 in 2014
  • Apollo 14 Lunar Module Flown American Flag sold for $55,000 in 2011

How did you do? Would you have been celebrating after getting your flea market find appraised?

(Image credits: Dabney Frake; Live Auctioneers)

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When Dabney's not writing around here, she's digging through other people's attics for fun and interesting stuff, or running around with her bloodhound Friday. Originally from the East Coast, she's still shocked to find herself living in Missouri.

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