Melbourne, November 6 : American newspapers carrying banner headlines about Barack Obama's historic White House victory were sold out as soon as they reached newsstands, and people who missed out were bidding about 600 dollars for an edition online.
About 800 sellers offered copies for sale on eBay by early on Wednesday evening.
Bids for The New York Times with its banner headline "Obama" were up to 400 dollars, while The Washington Post's "Obama Makes History" edition was bid up to 41 dollars.
While the advent of the Internet has affected the readership of newspapers, Obama's victory has apparently shown that print editions still hold importance when it comes to reporting any historic occasion.
"This kind of demand for our newspapers is unlike anything we've experienced in recent history," the Daily Telegraph quoted Tribune Company Chief Operating Officer Randy Michaels as saying in a statement.
Some newspapers even had their extra copies printed, but they were just not enough to satisfy readers' demands.
The Los Angeles Times printed at least 100,000 extra copies after seeing the readers approaching its offices to buy papers, but it was still offered in one eBay auction for 40 dollars.