Tintin auction in Paris fetches $1.3M
2-page spread of 1939 comic King Ottokar's Sceptre garners $316K
More than 200 items related to the Tintin comic books, left by his creator Hergé, fetched 1.08 million euros ($1.3 million Cdn) at a special sale in Paris.
Saturday's auction included a life-size bronze statue of the character Tintin and his dog, Milou (Snowy in English), as well as original illustrated comic panels.
Belgian Georges Remi, using the pen name Hergé, wrote and illustrated the adventures of the boy reporter from 1929 until his death in 1983. The two dozen comics have sold millions worldwide in various translations from the original French.
A bronze statue by Nat Neujean went for 125,000 euros ($153,650). But the highlight of the sale was an original two-page spread of the 1939 comic King Ottokar's Sceptre, which garnered 243,750 euros ($315,956).
"The client is a private Belgian collector. Tintin always returns to Belgium," said Alain Van Neygher, an agent for the purchaser.
Another big item was a drawing Hergé created in 1947 for a friend's 50th birthday. Tintin and the Shellfish sold for 131,250 euros ($170,125).
A majority of buyers came from Belgium and France, with a scattering of collectors from Britain and Spain, said Alain Cadiou, head of the auction house Piasa.