Tuesday 27 June 2017

Rare Beano annual raises £4,000

A rare Beano comic book was handed in at a charity shop in St Andrews
A rare Beano comic book was handed in at a charity shop in St Andrews

Staff at a charity shop are celebrating after a rare 71-year-old comic book found in a bag of donations raised more than £4,000 for cancer research.

Volunteer Matthew Harris, 24, spotted the copy of the first Beano annual, from 1939, as he sorted through items at the Cancer Research UK shop in St Andrews, Fife.

After the charity took advice from the book's original publisher, DC Thomson, the Beano annual was sold on behalf of Cancer Research UK by a comic book auction house.

On Tuesday, it sold for £4,264, one of the highest prices paid for a copy of the book.

Tammy Kernohan, manager of the South Street shop where the book was found, said: "This is definitely the most valuable donation we have ever received. We're so grateful to the person who handed it in and to Matthew for discovering how much it was worth.

"All the money raised will go towards finding new ways to treat, diagnose and prevent cancer."

The book was published in 1939 and includes characters such as Lord Snooty and Chums. Dennis the Menace does not feature because he did not appear in the comic until 1951.

Malcolm Phillips, of Comic Books Auctions, said: "Our buyers rallied round to the most worthy of causes and I'm delighted that this exceptional example of the Beano annual number 1 has raised so much for the fight against cancer."

The book, bought by an anonymous London-based collector, is believed to be one of a surviving 11 copies from that year.

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