Original Tintin Art Fetches $1.2 Million at Auction

Image: Herge / Moulinsart2016
Image: Herge / Moulinsart2016

Two pages from one of Herge’s Tintin comics sold at auction at Artcurial yesterday for €1.05 million ($1.2 million). While not a record, the price demonstrates the robust nature of original comic book art, even outside of the superhero comics.

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The pages are original art from the story King Ottokar’s Sceptre, in which Tintin and his companions help thwart an invasion of a small, central European nation from their Nazi-like neighbors. The auction also featured artwork from Frank Miller, Moebius, and Enki Bilal.

“Hergé started in the 1920s and kept on working until the eighties, so there are generations of readers and fans,” said Francis, a 63-year-old Belgian collector, who is considering selling his collection. “Additionally, it was widely translated and sells abroad – though I feel prices have plateaued lately.”

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There appears to be a growing trend amongst mainstream collectors around the world, which the Wall Street Journal attributes to a “rising appetite of middle-aged men who now can afford to spend lavishly on memorabilia from their childhood.”

[Wall Street Journal via ComicBook.com]

Andrew Liptak is the former Weekend editor of io9/Gizmodo. He is the co-editor of War Stories: New Military Science Fiction and hails from Vermont.

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But after the auction, the artwork was stolen by a mysterious man with a limp, who disappeared into the fog. The thief may be trying to abscond with his ill-gotten merchandise. Come Milou, let us race to the docks and ask the Captain if he has seen anyone suspicious around the docks. I have a sinking feeling our art thief may attempt a speedy departure by sea, under this foggy cloak of nature.