Tintin comic strips lead Artcurial's '9th art' auction



2015-11-18 09:43:40

Original Tintin comic strip artwork will lead an Artcurial auction dedicated to the '9th art' this weekend.

The sale will offer artwork by Hergé alongside other renowned artists from the 20th and 21st centuries, such as Tardi, Paul Cuvelier, Hugo Pratt, Enki Bilal and Moebius.

Leading the sale is a plate from the 1937 edition of Tintin in the Congo, which depicts Tintin and Snowy being stalked by a mysterious figure, estimated at €300 000-€500 000 ($330 000-$550 000).

A further important work on offer is a plate from the 1958 adventure The Red Sea Sharks, featuring a raging Captain Haddock, estimated at €180 000-€220 000 ($198 000-$4242 000).

The auction follows hot on the heels of a record result for Tintin artwork, as an original double-page spread of artwork from the 1939 adventure King Ottokar's Sceptre sold at Sotheby's in October for €1,563,000 ($1,731,913) - a new world record price for a double-page original by Hergé.

“Quality works are getting harder and harder to find," said Eric Leroy, Comic Strip expert at Artcurial. "The world of Comic Strips has recently witnessed a renewed enthusiasm. Our new clients come from all backgrounds, the majority have previously been collecting contemporary and modern art and appreciate the graphical and historical side of collecting Comic Strips - a world which represents the 20th century and ties in with Pop Art.”

For the first time Artcurial will also present an entire section of the sale dedicated to the celebrated French artist and writer Tardi.

“Tardi is not only the creator of Adèle Blanc-Sec and Nestor Burma, but also one of the major authors of the ninth art," said Leroy. "He is someone who, like Hergé, Edgar P. Jacobs and Enki Bilal, has crossed the boundaries of traditional comic books to offer readers a real artistic adventure.”

Lots on offer include illustrations from his adaptations of Voyage au bout de la nuit and Mort à crédit by Louis-Ferdinand Céline, and canvases from the series, Tardi par la fenêtre.

The Artcurial Comic Strips auction takes place in Paris on Saturday November 21.

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