SHARE
COPY LINK

AUCTION

Original ‘Little Prince’ painting to be auctioned

An original watercolour illustration from Antoine de Saint-Exupery's timeless classic "The Little Prince", one of the world's best-ever selling books, is to be auctioned in Paris next week.

Original 'Little Prince' painting to be auctioned
An original watercolour illustration from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s "The Little Prince" is to be auctioned off in Paris on December 9. Photo: Martin Bureau/AFP

The signed sketch, which appeared on page 17 of the original 1943 version of the novella, is expected to fetch between €400,000 and €500,000 ($500,000-600,000), according to auction house Artcurial.

The drawing depicts the Turkish astronomer, who discovered the Asteroid B612, the eponymous Little Prince's planet, pointing at a blackboard of equations and mathematical diagrams.

By far Saint-Exupery's most famous work, "The Little Prince" has been translated into more than 270 languages.

Artcurial said it is the most widely read book in the world after the Bible.

The book is a series of parables in which a boy prince recounts his adventures among the stars to a downed pilot on Earth and was published in English and French in New York in 1943.

Himself a pilot, Saint-Exupery died mysteriously during a 1944 reconnaissance mission aged 44 and so did not live to see the publication of his book in France in 1946, following the end of World War II.

The watercolour sketch, measuring 21.3 by 23.9 centimetres, is to go under the hammer on December 9.

Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.

AUCTION

Tintin print signed by Aldrin triples estimates at Paris auction

A print from a classic "Tintin" comic book signed by American astronaut Buzz Aldrin fetched 33,800 euros ($37,250), triple the auction house's estimate, at a Paris sale on Saturday.

Tintin print signed by Aldrin triples estimates at Paris auction
The print was signed by several US astronauts including Buzz Aldrin. Photo: Artcurial
The image from “Explorers on the Moon”, a 1950s adventure where the Belgian reporter becomes the first human on the Moon, features an inscription from Aldrin: “First moonwalkers after Tintin.”
   
Aldrin was famously the second man to walk on the lunar surface after Neil Armstrong during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission.
   
Interest in Tintin memorabilia has only strengthened since author Herge died in 1983 — an original drawing for a first edition was sold for $1.12 million in June this year.
 
Earlier this week in Paris, an original page from another Tintin book “King Ottokar's Sceptre” sold for 394,000 euros, far above its reserve price.   
 
However, the star item at Saturday's Paris auction failed to sell.   
 
The Paris auction house Artcurial valued a Tintin drawing from “The Shooting Star” adventure at €150,000 to €200,000, but no bidders were forthcoming.
   
More than 200 million Tintin books have now been sold worldwide, translated into roughly 70 languages.
 
READ ALSO: 
SHOW COMMENTS