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Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Charity shop's first-edition Beano find

beano_book_1939.jpgThe Scotsman reports today that a rare first-edition Beano annual from the 1930s is set to make a small fortune for Cancer Research UK after it turned up in a pile of donations at their St. Andrews shop.

The annual, which will be auctioned off by London-based Comic Book Auctions Ltd. next month, could raise as much as £2000 or more when it goes on sale.

"It's a very exciting find," Malcolm Phillips told the paper. "Our estimate is between £1,500 and £2,000, but we are hoping it will do a bit more than that – particularly because all the money raised is going to charity."

The highest price ever paid for a British comic was £20,350, which was paid for a mint copy of the first copy of The Dandy comic, published in 1937 and complete with a free whistle on the cover.

Before that, the record was £12,100, for the first copy of The Beano, published in 1938. Only 12 copies are believed to still exist.

The annual – known to collectors as Beano book number one – turned up in a pile of donations given to the Cancer UK's St Andrews shop in Scotland, to the delight of 24-year-old volunteer Matthew Harris.

"I knew it might be worth more than the average comic book, but when I checked it out online, and learned it could be worth more than £2,000, I could hardly believe it," he said.

Read the full story on the Scotsman web site

• The annual will be on offer at www.compalcomics.com on 16 May. Bids closing at 8.00pm on 1 June.

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