3 Jun 2012

Rare Tintin drawing sells for record price

2:30 pm on 3 June 2012

A rare 1932 cover drawing of a Tintin comic book has fetched a record €1.3 million at auction in Paris.

The Tintin in America cover, hand-drawn by Belgian writer and illustrator Herge, broke the record set by the same item in 2008, when it sold for €764,000.

It shows the young adventurer Tintin sitting with his dog, Snowy, as axe-wielding American Indians creep up on them.

The drawing was bought by an anonymous private collector at the auction on Saturday, the BBC reports.

The Indian ink and gouache drawing work is one of only five remaining such works by Herge, two of which are in private hands.

The artist, whose real name was Georges Remi, died in 1983.

The sale was part of a rare larger sale of Tintin memorabilia, reportedly including draft sketches of Tintin and a copy of Explorers on the Moon, signed by the first men to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, and fellow astronaut Michael Collins.