Tintin in America artwork sells for $800,000 in Paris



2017-04-10 10:49:02

An original illustration from Tintin in America has sold for almost $800,000 at auction in Paris.

The single page artwork was the leading lot in Artcurial's dedicated sale 'The World of Hergé, Tintin’s Creator'.

Tintin in America was the third instalment of The Adventures of Tintin, originally published in serialized form in the children's newspaper supplement Le Petit Vingtième from September 1931 to October 1932.

The story sees the young reporter chasing a gangster across the U.S, whilst encountering a Native American tribe and an organized crime gang in Chicago.

It was first published as a collected volume in 1932, before being republished in 1937, with the addition of several colour plates.

The illustration offered at Artcurial was created for this second edition, and included the original layer of coloured tracing paper which overlaid the black and white drawing.

"All Herge's talent is represented: a beautiful perspective, and elegant sensation of speed and dynamic gestures," said the French auction house.

"The 'off-text' by Herge, particularly representative of the legendary years of the Petit Vingtieme, are very rare and hard to find on the market. These illustrations, the only ones printed in colour in black-and-white albums, were a significant innovation of this decade."

Offered with an estimate of €600,000-€700,000, the artwork eventually sold for €753,000 (US$798,000).

In recent years the market for original Tintin artworks has soared, with examples regularly fetching seven-figure sums at auction.

In November 2016, Artcurial sold an original single page from the classic 1954 Tintin adventure Explorers on the Moon for $1.7 million

And in May 2016, a double page from the 1939 story King Ottokar's Sceptre fetched the same price at Sotheby's in Paris.

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