A volunteer who spotted a rare comic among a pile of donated items in a Fife charity shop is celebrating after it raised more than £4000 for the charity.
St Andrews man Matthew Harris was volunteering at his local Cancer Research UK shop when he spotted something at the bottom of a big bag of donations that caught his eye — and it turned out to the first Beano annual, from 1939.
After taking advice from publisher D. C. Thomson, the charity had the book sold by a specialist comics auction house.
A final rush of bids saw it sell for a whopping £4264 — one of the highest prices ever paid for a copy of the book.
Tammy Kernohan, the manager at St Andrews, said the book is the most valuable donation the shop has 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.”
Comic Books Auctions’ Malcolm Phillips said buyers rallied round for the most worthy of causes.
The book was bought by an anonymous collector in London.