Tintin comic book art breaks auction record at $3.1 million

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PARIS (AP) – A Tintin drawing by Belgian artist Herge sold Thursday in Paris for 2.6 million euros ($ 3.1 million), breaking the record for the most expensive comic in history.

The 1936 work in India ink, gouache and watercolor was intended for the cover of “The Blue Lotus”, the fifth volume of the adventures of Tintin, a young reporter created by Herge.

The artwork depicts a red dragon on a black background near the character’s frightened face. He never graced the shelves of stores because it was considered too expensive to reproduce on a large scale, a victim of the artist’s know-how.

In “Blue Lotus”, Tintin travels to China during the Japanese invasion of 1931 with his dog Snowy to investigate and denounce Japanese spy rings, drug trafficking rings and other crimes.

The record price set during Thursday’s sale organized by the auction house Artcurial did not include the selling costs. The work of Hergé, whose real name is Georges Rémi, had previously set the record for the most expensive comic book with the first pages of the Tintin comics which also sold for 2.6 million euros, including selling expenses. .

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