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Tintin and Snowy drawing sells for €500,000

A colour drawing of Tintin and his faithful canine companion Snowy sold at a Paris auction on Saturday for more than half a million euros.

Tintin and Snowy drawing sells for €500,000
File photo: Georges Gobet/AFP

The India ink and watercolour image, which went under the hammer for €505,000 ($595,000), shows the intrepid pair in the company of a butler in a royal palace.

It was drawn by the Belgian cartoonist known as Herge as the cover illustration for the 1939 newspaper serialisation of “King Ottokar's Sceptre”.

Originally published in black and white in the youth supplement of Belgian newspaper Le Vingtieme Siecle, the story would become the eighth volume of young reporter Tintin's adventures.

On sale at auction house Artcurial as part of a sale of Tintin memorabilia including original drawings, toys and figurines, it came in under an estimated price of €600,000 to €800,000.

“Original Tintin works are today becoming more and more rare at auction, especially those from the 1930s and 1940s,” said Eric Leroy, cartoons expert at Artcurial.

Tintin creator Herge, otherwise known as Georges Remi, holds a string of records for original cartoons sold at auction.

In November a drawing from “Explorers on the Moon” sold for €1.55 million at Artcurial, setting a record for a single cartoon drawing.

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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.
 
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