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Bid to £8700, it was accompanied by an eight-page ‘mini-comic’ flyer promoting the new publication from DC Thomson (see News Digest).

Billed as the second-highest grade example that CBA had ever offered, a copy of Beano No 21, the first Christmas issue, sold for £1720.

A complete 10 year run of Eagle from the 1950s – including two copies of the very first of those 500 comics – sold at £880, and of that same era, but aimed at a very different market, a copy of Sweethearts No 119 made £720. On the cover was the principal attraction, an illustration of a young Marilyn Monroe getting a peck on the cheek from Richard Widmark.

Most expensive of the original artworks offered was another item from the Bob Monkhouse archive.

The double-page ‘Thunderbirds’ spread produced by Frank Bellamy for a 1967 issue of TV Century 21 sold for £4750.

The UK’s first science-fiction weekly was Scoops, a short-lived publication that claimed to be the ‘Story Paper of Tomorrow’. A volume containing all 20 weekly issues published in the year 1934 at tuppence each was sold for £300. Issues 14-18 included ‘The Poison Belt’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.