Paper cut-outs of the Apple iPad 2 have been burned as part of a festival in Malaysia to honour the dead.

The paper replicas sold out completely ahead of the Qing Ming Festival, also known as the tomb sweeping festival, in which Chinese communities in Asia pay tribute to their ancestors by burning fake money or luxury items.

These normally include designer bags, electronic massage chairs and plasma televisions, but recently iPhones and iPads have also proved popular.

One shop owner said he had shipped in 300 iPad 2 replica sets from China, which he sold for a dollar each.

They were marked as having 888 gigabyte capacity as it is an auspicious number in Chinese culture.

The festival originated in Confucion teachings of loyalty to family and tradition.