The News of the World bade farewell to its readers after 168 years with the simple words "Thank you & goodbye".
The 8,674th edition of the tabloid features the headline emblazoned over images of its most famous front pages.
A sub-headline reads: "After 168 years, we finally say a sad but very proud farewell to our 7.5m loyal readers."
And in the top right corner are the words: "The world's greatest newspaper 1843-2011."
The closing issue features much celebration of the best scoops and greatest campaigns that have helped the newspaper make its mark over the years.
But there is also an apology for the phone hacking scandal that eventually brought the tabloid to its knees.
The statement, printed on page three, reads: "We praised high standards, we demanded high standards but, as we are now only too painfully aware, for a period of a few years up to 2006 some who worked for us, or in our name, fell shamefully short of those standards.
"Quite simply, we lost our way. Phones were hacked, and for that this newspaper is truly sorry."
Although it claims there is no justification for the "appalling wrongdoing", it goes on to say: "Yet when this outrage has been atoned, we hope history will eventually judge us on all our years."
Inside the paper is a 48-page souvenir pullout featuring some of the tabloid's most memorable splashes, such as last year's expose of alleged match fixing involving Pakistan international cricketers.
Front-page revelations of celebrities' affairs are featured alongside historic events, such as the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, recorded in a "shock 8am issue".
Elsewhere in the paper, investigations editor Mazher Mahmood, famed for his undercover stings as the "fake sheikh", pays tribute to the News of the World's achievements in helping bring criminals to justice.
And campaigner Sara Payne praises the paper for being a "force for good" and a driving force behind the call for Sarah's Law.
Another page celebrates the "always tasteful Nudes of the World", with images of the likes of Kelly Brook, Lily Allen and fuller-figured pop star Beth Ditto adorning the page.
The newspaper, which has doubled its print run to five million today, is expected to record its biggest sale for years as its historic final edition becomes a collector's item.