Remodeler finds comic book worth over $100K in wall at Elbow Lake house

  • Article by: Curt Brown , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 23, 2013 - 4:02 PM

 In his decade of working construction and home remodeling, David Gonzalez always dreamed of finding some hidden treasure in the demolition work. He’d even put dollar bills in new walls for folks to unearth in the future.

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svictoriaMay. 21, 1310:09 PM

Congratulations on your new found money. But, in the future, don't let in on relatives or friends and certainly hide the goods until you sell them.

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edinawaterMay. 22, 1312:29 AM

Darn! I was hoping the copyright hadn't been renewed but it looks like it was, under the name Action Comics: Action Comics: issues renewed from June 1938 (v. 1 no. 1). Copyright really needs to be shorter. Things that were published before my parents were born should be in the public domain by now.

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cavellMay. 22, 13 7:31 AM

auction house and broker get half of sale? wahhh?

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nkuhlmanMay. 22, 13 7:52 AM

@edinawater: you can thank The Mouse for that.

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UMD1983May. 22, 13 8:05 AM

Great story, and nice to see it happen to a guy with such a great attitude about things. I hope you find another one, David!

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azfullcircleMay. 22, 13 9:13 AM

Love the story! This is worthy of national press. I guarantee the price will go well above the graded value of the comic. Sat for decades without water intrusion or rodent nesting?? That is an amazing story ,collectors pay for the story as much as the piece.

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kivirl4May. 22, 13 9:40 AM

I dont know a lot about the auction business, but one would think he could somehow do this himself, and come away with more than half of what he gets from auctioneer. He may not get the total sale price the auctioneer gets, but he would get all of the sale price, which might be worth more than half of what auctioneer gets. Stupid aunt who pulled it away.

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ddgonzalezMay. 22, 1310:34 AM

to brinybay, you dont have to be so rude in call people names you dont know them, not every one is greedy and cares about money and she may not know anything about comic books and she probably wouldnt have tossed it just put it aside. and calling her the c-word is very inaproprate. and as for david finding the comic book is just like any one winning the lottery.

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atoonceMay. 22, 1311:00 AM

It's a great story and I'm happy for the guy. What I don't get about this and all stories about collecting, is who pays $100,000 for a ocmic book, even an old and rare one? I just don't get collecting. It's a hobby for only people who have money that they don't know what to do with or for people that have a plan to resell it at a profit later on.

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julievojoMay. 22, 1311:29 AM

Cool!

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