A snap survey carried out in London for wownews.co.uk showed 75 percent of newsagents reporting 'increased' or 'vastly increased' sales.
The News of the World printed 5 million copies in the expectation this week's shocking phone hacking revelations would spark a rush to the newsagents today.
And the newspaper that built its success on never underestimating the stupidity of the general public may have been proved to be right one final time.
Mamoud Madani runs a newsagents close to News International printing works ar Broxbourne, Herts where the last edition of the News of the World rolled off the presses.
He said: “Sales were very much up compared to a normal week.
“We had sold out by about 10.30am. People were coming in buying them like souvenirs, it was crazy.
“Perhaps they hope to sell them on eBay.”
Meanwhile Rupert Murdoch arrived in the UK this evening amid calls for News Corporation's proposed takeover of BSkyB to be postponed.
Mr Murdoch arrived at News International's headquarters in Wapping and was seen reading the final edition of the News Of The World.
It comes as Labour Leader Ed Miliband urged the Government to delay the deal until the inquiry into the hacking allegations is completed.
Mr Miliband threatened to force a Commons vote on the takeover which would see Mr Murdoch's organisation take full control of BSkyB, the parent company of Sky News.