Figurines of Tintin, the hero of late Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi aka Herge, are displayed, on May 30, 2011 in Paris, ahead head of their sale on auction this weekend. The main piece of the auction, called "The Worlds of Tintin's Creator" is the rare edition of the Belgium comic book hero's adventures in addition to pictures, toys and postcards. AFP PHOTO/JOEL SAGET
French and Belgian comics sell for 1.89 million euros
Agence France-Presse / 10:16 AM December 15, 2014
BRUSSELS, Belgium – A rare 1939 comic drawing from the adventures of boy hero Tintin sold for 539,880 euros ($673,468) during auctions staged simultaneously in Brussels and Paris on Sunday.
The sketch by Herge was among scores of French and Belgian comic works that fetched a total of 1.89 million euros, organizers said, higher than initial estimates had predicted.
The 1939 India ink and crayon sketch for the cover of the Belgian weekly “Le Petit Vingtième” topped an initial estimate of between 350,000-400,000 euros. It also secured a world record for a Herve cover published in the magazine.
The buyer, who was not identified, made the purchase by telephone to the Millon auction house in the Belgian capital.
Collectors and private investors snapped up a total of 86 out of 101 works that were on sale in the two capitals.
In May, a 1937 two-page spread by Herge depicting Tintin on various adventures with his dog Snowy sold in Paris for 2.65 million euros ($3.58 million), a record for cartoon art in a market where prices have risen tenfold in recent years.