Tintin cartoons signed by moonwalkers float to $132,400 at Artcurial auction



2015-06-26 12:39:23

Tintin cartoons signed by moonwalkers float to $132,400 at Artcurial auction

Artcurial's highly successful Tintin auction starred a book signed by moonwalkers including Buzz Aldrin

Following their successful auction of the works of Peyo, Artcurial had another comic strip master lined up for auction in the form of Tintin's creator Herg.

'The Universe of Herg' auction was an exciting event for Tintin fans, whose numbers are likely to be on the increase with the trailing of a spectacular 3D film of the intrepid reporter.

We focussed in on two of the most exciting lots, which were probably of most interest to rather different collectors. Both performed spectacularly.

Firstly, there was a copy of the French book Tintin on the Moon, which documented his adventures there whilst lunar missions were a pipe dream. The book is signed and commented on by a moonwalker from each of the six successful Apollo missions.

Tintin moonwalker autographs moon Tintin book with the autographs of moonwalkers

The comments are all tongue-in-cheek. For example Apollo 11's Buzz Aldrin refers to himself as the "first moonwalker after Tintin" and Apollo 14's Edgar Mitchell claims to have taken the "Longest walk on the moon after Tintin".

The estimate for the piece had been set at 9,000-11,000. We always thought that this was low, given the performance of moonwalkers' signatures on the PFC40 Autograph Index over the past decade, but even we were surprised at the spectacular result of 100,003 ($132,400).

It makes our collection of autographs on a photograph of Buzz Aldrin's lunar bootprint look very underpriced.

Tintin Secret of the Unicorn Captain Haddock original artwork The Secret of the Unicorn - Captain Haddock gets stuck in

The bronze statue of Tintin which we believe we recognise from a previous auction where it achieved 124,996 went a little further this time and brought a spectacular 143,883. But the top lot was the one we were expecting.

This was the beautiful Indian ink, gouache and watercolour illustration created in 1944 for The Secret of the Unicorn, showing a swashbuckling Captain Haddock doing battle aboard ship.

Signed and inscribed by Herg himself, this was expected to achieve 35,000-40,000 ($53,900), but proved even stronger quadrupling that upper estimate to sell for 168,907 ($223,700). Another example, showing Tintin, Haddock, Professor Calculus and Snowybrought 90,084.

Representing Artcurial's comic strips department, Lucas Hureau explained how pleased they are: "The results for the two original drawings are wonderful, as is the priceforthe sculpture made by Nat Neujean.

"The result for the album On a March sur la Lune is amazing, we could not imagine before the auction that it might reach such a high price level. It was a wonderful moment and, of course, a wonderful result."

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