A mystery collector of rare comics and signed Beatles albums has decided to sell his collection this weekend in Ballarat.

UNDER THE HAMMER: Lauren Baudinette of the Glenelg Auction Centre with some of the quirky array of collectibles up for auction this weekend.

UNDER THE HAMMER: Lauren Baudinette of the Glenelg Auction Centre with some of the quirky array of collectibles up for auction this weekend.

A rare collector’s edition of Stan Lee’s Spiderman comic – published after the 9/11 terrorist attacks – will be up for sale in Ballarat this weekend.

The special 9/11 edition of Spiderman will join a large collection of specialist comics and records, including signed Beatles albums, up for grabs this weekend at the Glenelg Auction Centre in Ballarat.

Glenelg Auction spokeswoman Lauren Baudinette has said that two other extremely rare first edition Spiderman collectors items are expected to sell for around $4000 each.

Ms Baudinette said the collectors items came from a well known Ballarat gentlemen who wished to remain anonymous.

Interest has been flooding in from around the country with Ms Baudinette taking phone calls from as far as America.

Interstate buyers are flying in to town tonight.

“It is extremely rare for such a large and eclectic combination of collectibles to be made available, and we are expecting it to draw a large crowd to Ballarat this weekend,” Ms Baudinette said. 

While the Glenelg Auction Centre has sold valuable antiques, furniture and art in the past, this collection is certainly the most unique.

In addition to the rare comics and limited edition records from the mystery source, a large collection of military memorabilia, porcelain, feudal Japanese antiques and classic books – many dating back to the early part of the last century – are up for auction.

Sellers are believed to be coming from all around the state.

Everything from historical books signed by Antarctic explorers, limited edition David Bowie records, Folsom prison California handcuffs and antique Coke-Cola coolers will be available.

Some of the records on offer were banned shortly after release, according to Ms Baudinette.

There’s even a weird elephant baby doll ornament and a large toy robot.

It makes for a weird and wonderful exhibition even for those who don’t intend to buy.

The collection will be showing at the Glenelg Auction Centre Saturday and Sunday this weekend.