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The unexpected and under valued star turn in a recent Comic Book Auctions sale was this 1954 first issue of Tiger, sold for £2200.

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However, it was a copy of the 1954 first issue of Tiger that produced the sale’s stand-out result.

Featuring the incomparable Roy of the Rovers on the front cover, it was catalogued as in only average condition, with some rust marks and tears to the cover margins, and had been estimated at just £30-60 – but three determined bidders pushed the price to £2200.

One of them already owned a well-worn copy of the comic, bought years ago, which even retained the free gift with which it originally came – a Tiger Gun and some press-out flying saucers (not to be found with this copy). Unfortunately, he failed to secure this better preserved example of the comic itself.

Complete with its ‘Solar Saucer’ free gift, a still bagged red plastic spinner, a copy of the 1967 first issue of Solo made £620.

Featured in a preview in ATG No 2505, a lot presenting issues No 1-140 of TV Century 21 from the years 1965-67, the first two complete with the free promotional gifts, sold at £2500.

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The high-grade, cased copy of Comedy Comics of 1942 that made £1460 at Comic Book Auctions.

Comedy Comics No 9 from 1942 was actually the scarce first issue, the previous eight issues having been titled Daring Mystery. With a high CGC rating of 9.2 and sealed in its case, it reached £1460.

An unbroken run of issues 1-271 of those well known War Picture Library tales from the 1950s-60s sold at £2250.