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Published February 21 2012

Family unexpectedly inherits comic book collection expected to net $2 million

DALLAS – Michael Rorrer said his great-aunt once mentioned having comic books she would one day give him and his brother, but it was a passing remark made when they were boys and still into superheroes.

Ruby Wright gave no indication at the time – and she died last February, leaving it unclear – that her late husband’s comic collection contained some of the most prized issues ever published. The 345 comics were slated to sell at auction in New York today and were expected to fetch more than $2 million.

Rorrer, 31, of Oxnard, Calif., discovered his great-uncle Billy Wright’s comics neatly stacked in a basement closet while helping clear out his great-aunt’s Martinsville, Va., home a few months after her death. He said he thought they were cool but didn’t realize until months later how valuable they were.