The Beano and Dandy were the first British comics to be published entirely in colour when they appeared within months of each other in 1938. With a cover price of two old pennies, this first edition Beano achieved the highest price ever paid for a British comic when bidding closed at Comic Book Postal Auctions in London last week.

Over 250,000 copies were printed originally “but only nine are known to exist today”, said auctioneer Malcolm Phillips. The condition of this copy was only average, hence the estimate of £2000-3000, but it eclipsed the previous record of just over £6200 paid for a good first edition in February 1999 by selling to a Hertfordshire collector at £6877 (plus 10 per cent buyer’s premium).