Ever since the ‘Tintin’ series of comic albums created by the late Belgian comic book legend, and series’ illustrator and writer Georges Remi, who wrote under the pen name of Hergé, debuted in 1929, its globe-trotting curiosity and hysteria has never really died down. Be it in the comic books or in Steven Spielberg’s latest movie The Adventure of Tintin, people just love this iconic comic-book character without a past. Even the collectors happily splash out astounding amounts to get their hands on the items associated with the much loved comic hero, which becomes apparent from the sale of a rare hand-drawn ‘Tintin In America’ comic book cover for whopping $1.6 million. Now, considering this widespread craze among the collectors, auction house Sotheby’s for the very first time dedicated a sale entirely on the comic strips album, featuring a magnificent selection of artwork from Hergé’s Tintin. And, to not much surprise, the sale which was held in Paris and included 100 works, brought in almost $800,000, with an original Tintin artwork for the album “The Shooting Star” led the sale with a price of $288,300.
The sale was held in memory of the French comic book artist Jean Giraud, and Sotheby’s actually drafted an internationally renowned expert Jean-Marc Thevenet to curate the auction. The sale actually aimed to be a catalogue raisonné of the first 100 years of comic strips.
While an original drawing created back in year 1941 by Belgian artist ‘Hergé’ Georges Remi, “The Shooting Star”, showing how the soil is melting under Snowy’s feet, fetched astounding $288,300.
On the other hand, one of the highest estimated lots, another original 1941 panel from Hergé’s “The Crab with the Golden Claws” (pictured above) for which the auctioneer had anticipated a price of at least $295,000, failed to find a buyer.
However, number of other lots were sold well, including an original work for “The Gorilla has done it” in the “Robbedoes and Kwabbernot” series by Franquin, which garnered more than $86,000.
Also, at the Sotheby's comic strip sale in Paris, a first edition of Rodolphe Töpffer’s 1833 L’Histoire de M. Jabot (pictured above) was expected to sell for around $19,650 to $22,110. Töpffer originally created what was seen as the radical concept of creating an album which comprises of comic strip drawings alongside the all-important written narrative.