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Rare Dandy annual fetches top dollar at auction

PUBLISHED: 15:32 12 April 2019 | UPDATED: 15:32 12 April 2019

Daniel Smith of Keys Auctioneers book department with the 1939 Dandy Annual. This rare first-edition sold at Keys Fine Art Auctioneers in Aylsham. Picture: NEWMAN ASSOCIATES PR

Daniel Smith of Keys Auctioneers book department with the 1939 Dandy Annual. This rare first-edition sold at Keys Fine Art Auctioneers in Aylsham. Picture: NEWMAN ASSOCIATES PR

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A rare copy of the first Dandy annual from 1938 has sold at auction for £1,250.

A spread featuring 'Keyhole Kate' and 'Desperate Dan' from the 1939 Dandy Annual. The rare first-edition sold for £1,250 when it went under the hammer at Keys Fine Art Auctioneers in Aylsham. Picture: NEWMAN ASSOCIATES PRA spread featuring 'Keyhole Kate' and 'Desperate Dan' from the 1939 Dandy Annual. The rare first-edition sold for £1,250 when it went under the hammer at Keys Fine Art Auctioneers in Aylsham. Picture: NEWMAN ASSOCIATES PR

The 1939 Dandy Monster Comic, which was published at the end of the preceding year, was the first of 81 editions of the annual.

It had a pre-sale estimate of £1,200 to £1,500 at Keys Fine Art Auctioneers in Aylsham, Norfolk, and the winning online bid at Thursday’s auction was for £1,250.

The annual, which had an original cover price of 2/6, features many of the characters that went on to become household comic names, such as Desperate Dan and Korky The Cat.

The Dandy comic was first published by DC Thompson in December 1937 and continued until December 2012 in printed form, then for a further six months online.

The front cover of the 1939 Dandy Annual. This rare first-edition sold at Keys Fine Art Auctioneers in Aylsham. Picture: NEWMAN ASSOCIATES PRThe front cover of the 1939 Dandy Annual. This rare first-edition sold at Keys Fine Art Auctioneers in Aylsham. Picture: NEWMAN ASSOCIATES PR

Keys’ head of books Andrew Lindsay-Bullock said: “It is very rare to see a copy of the first ever Dandy annual, especially in such good condition.”

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