Payday for Comic Book Geek Nic Cage

10/14/2002 at 11:00 AM EDT

Nicolas Cage is $1.6 million richer after cleaning out his closet.

The "Leaving Las Vegas" Oscar winner -- and recent groom of Lisa Marie Presley -- has pocketed that tidy sum after unloading at an auction his personal comic book collection, including a copy of Superman's 1938 debut, Reuters reports.

All told, there were 400 titles in the Cage catalog, all of which went to various buyers late last week in a sale organized by the Heritage Auctions house of Dallas in conjunction with Kansas City's the Mint.

"He had a very good eye for quality," Heritage Auctions chairman James Halperin said of Cage, 38, who apparently was not on hand as the bids came in. Nor was there any explanation given as to why Cage decided to sell his treasure trove.

But his copy of Action Comics #1, the 1938 comic that gave the world Superman, fetched $86,250, says the news service, noting that that figure was some $15,000 higher than the publication's estimated value, auction organizers said.

A 1940 comic book, Detective #38, featuring the debut of Batman's sidekick Robin, went for nearly $121,000. Another 1940 entry, All-Star Comics #3, which introduced the Justice Society of America, the first superhero team including the Green Lantern, Hawkman and the Flash, sold for $45,000.

"This is a real treasure trove of high-quality material from the Golden Age of comics," John Petty, director of Heritage Auctions' comics branch, tells Reuters.

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