Sunday, August 8, 2010


NEW YORK (ABC News) - A struggling family facing foreclosure has stumbled upon what is considered to be the Holy Grail of comic books in their basement - a fortuitous find that could fetch upwards of a quarter million dollars at auction. A copy of Action Comics No. 1, the first in which Superman ever appeared, was discovered as they went about the painful task of packing up a home that had been in the family since at least the 1950s. The couple, who live in the South with their children, asked to remain anonymous. “The bank was about ready to foreclose,” said Vincent Zurzolo, co-owner of and Metropolis Comics and Collectibles in New York. “Literally, this family was in tears. The family home was going to be lost and they’re devastated. They start packing things up. They go into the basement and start sifting through boxes and they stumble on eight or nine comic books.” Most of the comic books in the box were worth between $10 and $30 but one - dated June 1938 and depicting the Man of Steel lifting a car above his head - was extremely rare. That issue, which originally sold for 10 cents, is considered to have ushered in the age of the superhero. “It’s a tremendous piece of American pop culture history,” Zurzolo said.

The couple learned online that had brokered the record-breaking sales of Action No. 1 copies for $1 million in February and then $1.5 million one month later. “You couldn’t have asked for a happier ending,” Zurzolo said. “Superman saved the day.” “My partner basically had to explain to the bank, ‘You’ll have your money soon,’ ” Zurzolo said. “We sent them information about our previous sales and what this could realize.”
Last Thursday, the couple’s copy received a 5.0 VG(Very Good)/Fine rating on a scale of 1 to 10. It could fetch upwards of $250,000 when it goes up for auction on from Aug. 27 through Sept. 17.

Sounds like a dream come true, but most Americans aren’t so lucky. Nationwide, more than 1.6 million properties are in foreclosure. “You never know,” Zurzolo said. “You might have a hidden treasure in your home which can change your life.” The real treasure resides in our heart, we just have to go and meet our true identity.

Through bhakti-yoga, one's hands touch the hidden treasure without difficulty. The goal of all the revealed scriptures and Vedic injunctions is Krishna. Since the Vedas enjoin one to search out Krishna and take shelter at His lotus feet, and since no Vedic process but devotional service will enable one to do this, one has to take to devotional service. ... In other words, a devotee will not depend on his material resources but on the mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who can give real protection. ... he surrendered soul must accept the fact that his real protector is Krishna, not his material acquisitions. Considering all these points, devotional service to Krishna is the real treasure house for the living entity. When one comes to the platform of devotional service, he always remains opulent in the association of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Śrīla A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda :
“Śrī Caitanya Caritāmrita”
Purport in “Madhya-līlā” - Chapter 20 - Verse 135.

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