Rare Beano album sold for £2,700 at auction
A rare copy of the first Beano annual, published before the appearance of Dennis the Menace, has sold for £2,700 at auction.
The 1940 Beano Book was issued around the outbreak of the World War Two in 1939.
It came a year after the weekly comic was first brought out by Dundee-based DC Thomson in July 1938.
The annual had been expected to fetch between £1,200 and £1,500 at the auction at Keys in Aylsham, Norfolk.
It is the first of 79 Beano annuals published to date and features comic strips, stories and illustrations - but does not include mischief-maker Dennis the Menace, who made his first appearance in 1951.
His pet dog Gnasher was introduced in 1968.