Eclectic Homes

One Guy Found a 175,000 Comic in His Wall. What's Your Residence Hidden?

Homeowner and overall contractor David Gonzalez of Hoffman, Minnesota, had a pleasant surprise while remodeling his home. Stuffed from the walls with old newspapers for insulation was a rare comic book from 1938: Action Comics #1, which introduces a character named Superman. The comic sold recently at auction for $175,000.

“I knew it was worth money,” Gonzalez, 34, informed the Star Tribune. “But I didn’t have any idea how much.”

bad for having purchased his home for just $10,100.

It’s not unusual for people to come across treasures hiding in their walls or soil. Some homeowners have found old background and square nails from the late 1800s. Others have found newspapers from a century past.

Picture courtesy of Philipp Lenssen

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We want to understand: What have you found hidden in your house? Post a photo of your discovery and tell us about it in the Remarks! Your story may be highlighted in an upcoming ideabook.

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