Tintin Shooting Star strip shines at $295,500 in Sotheby's first comics sale



2015-06-26 12:54:49

Tintin Shooting Star strip shines at $295,500 in Sotheby's first comics sale

A strip from Tintin's The Shooting Star highlighted the inaugural auction on July 4

A strip from The Shooting Star, the 10th book in Herg's The Adventures of Tintin series, brought strong results to Sotheby's first ever comic booksale, in Paris.

Herg Tintin original artwork The Shooting Star A rare black and white strip from Herg's first colour publication

The July 4 auction was held in memory of the noted French comic book artist Jean Giraud - better known as Moebius - who passed away in March this year. However, despite a number of Moebius' ethereal creations featuring in the sale, it was Herg's perennially popular work that stole the limelight. An exceptional strip, The Shooting Star extract is a scant black and white example from the book. Created in 1941, The Shooting Star was the first of Herg's worksto bepublished in colour, with Herg creating this copy as a personalexample of the old, uncoloured format. Thestrip sold for 234,750 ($295,506), drawing close to its high estimate of 240,000. Last month, the original cover artwork for Tintin in America sold for 1.3m in Paris, setting a new world record in the process. Following the top lot was a 1956 strip from Andr Franquin's Le gorille a bonne mine (The Gorilla's in Good Shape), the 11th book in his Spirou et Fantasio series. An exciting depiction of the series' two main characters encountering a fierce African tribe, it sold just above its high estimate at 70,350. The successes of the auction pave the way for more comic book sales from Sotheby's, as the growing market moves away from being the sole domain of avid fans and collectors and looks toward high-end investors. Those hoping to take advantage of the market's current popularity will have the chance to bid on Doug Schmell's remarkable collection of Marvel comics on July 26-27. Paul Fraser Collectibles has a fantastic selection of comic book art, including this charming sketch from Charles Schulz's beloved strip, Peanuts.

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