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Man finds 1938 Superman comic in wall of house

Jay Rodriquez of Bedrock City Comic Company of Houston, displays the very rare first Superman comicbook that he had for sale during the Comic Con convention in St. Louis on March 23, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Jay Rodriquez of Bedrock City Comic Company of Houston, displays the very rare first Superman comicbook that he had for sale during the Comic Con convention in St. Louis on March 23, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt | License Photo

ELBOW LAKE, Minn., May 22 (UPI) -- A Minnesota remodeler said the comic book -- Superman's first appearance -- he found in the walls of a home is worth 10 times what he paid for the house.

David Gonzalez said he purchased the Elbow Lake house for $10,100 and discovered a copy of Action Comics No. 1, a June 1938 comic book featuring the first appearance of Superman, among the old newspapers used to insulate a wall, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Wednesday.

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Gonzalez said he wasn't quite as careful with the find as he should have been, accidentally tearing the cover and downgrading its condition from a three out of 10 to a 1.5 out of 10.

A copy of Action Comics No. 1 graded nine out of 10 recently sold for more than $2 million.

Gonzalez said he put the comic book up for auction at comicconnect.com, earning a high bid of $107,333 as of Wednesday. The auction ends June 11.

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