Tintin Indian ink drawing sold at Paris auction..

Tintin with his faithful dog Snowy, 1939 from the comic album King Ottokar’s Sceptre

.. sold for almost $500,000 at auction in Paris, from a collection of  Hergé books, sketches and drawings. Tintin is one of the most well-loved comic book characters with the albums recognised for the clean, expressive drawings in ligne claire (‘clear line’) style, swashbuckling adventures, slapstick humour and satirical cultural commentary.

Hergé (Georges Remi) 1907 – 1983, the Belgian cartoonist, created the first Tintin adventures in 1929 and continued publishing for almost 50 years. Translated into 90 languages and selling in excess of 200 million copies, the cartoons continue to remain popular and demand for the original comic book drawings is strong.

In November 2016, a one-page comic strip taken from the Explorers on the Moon, 1964 sold for a record €1.55m in Paris and earlier in the year in Hong Kong a rare drawing – pictured – taken from The Blue Lotus set in Shanghai sold for HK $9.6 million ($1.2m).

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