Comic books, widely regarded as collectibles or artwork to be sought-after and preserved, has been continuously garnering hefty prices at the auctions as collecting of comic books has turned out to be a serious business. Over the times, we have seen the most expensive comic book auctions of all time, besides the sale of world’s best Marvel Comics multi-million dollar collection and the Batman #1 comic book that fetched whopping $850,000, particularly in this year. Now, a rare 1932 hand-drawn ‘Tintin In America’ comic book cover, one of five remaining originals by Herge and only two in private hands, has sold for a staggering $1.6 million, making this comic book business more serious.
Since the ‘Tintin’ series debuted in 1929, its hysteria has never really died down. The 1932 hand-drawn cover, the very third outing created for the character in year 1929 is one of five remaining such works by late Belgian comic book legend, series’ illustrator and writer ‘Herge’ Geoges Remi who died in 1983. This particular cover shows the young and iconic adventurer dressed Tintin as a American cowboy sitting on a rock with his favorite dog, Snowy at his right side, along with three Indians, two wielding axes, creeping behind him.
Bought by an anonymous buyer in a Paris auction from an avid Tintin collector, the print also broke the earlier record of year 2008, set by the same drawing, when it was sold for $950,710. One of the buyer’s friend stated that the aim to buy this comic cover was not to beat the record, but it was to obtain the art work.