Ebene Magazine – Rare Tintin comic art is set to be sold in Paris for record millions

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Ebene Magazine - Rare Tintin comic art is set to be sold in Paris for record millions

Comic book lovers and tourists can catch a socially distant glimpse of a Tintin drawing by Herge in Paris before it goes under the hammer on Thursday.

Published: January 14, 2021 10:53 AM |

Last updated: January 14, 2021 12:58 pm

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The Chinese colored the original of the cartoon character Tintin and his dog as a pirate on paper and made it for an advertisement and drawn it by the Belgian creator Herge. (Photo | AP)

PARIS: Not even the coronavirus can stand in the way of the intrepid Belgian reporter and comic book legend Tintin.

Comic book lovers and tourists can take a socially distant look at a Tintin drawing von Herge in Paris before it goes under the hammer on Thursday. The sale is estimated at 2 to 3 million euros, possibly breaking the record for the most expensive comic art in history.

The 1936 work in Chinese ink, gouache and watercolor was intended as the cover for The Blue Lotus, the fifth Volume of the adventures of the Belgian journalist. But it was never on a bookstore shelf because it was rejected because it was too expensive to reproduce on a large scale – a sacrifice of its own rare craftsmanship.

“You had to do a four-color process print with an additional color . (But the publisher) found the comic albums already expensive. Reproducing this cover design would increase production costs, ”said comic book expert Eric Leroy at Art Curial auction house on Champs-Elysees Avenue.

As the name“ Blue Lotus ”suggests, Tintin placed the artwork in Asia. A giant red dragon appears on a black background through the Belgian reporter’s petrified face. It is a valuable addition to the Tintin universe, which is the subject of recent shows in London and Barcelona, ​​a 2011 Hollywood adaptation, a video game and an app.

In “Blue Lotus” Tintin travels Struppi went to China during the Japanese invasion of 1931 to investigate and uncover Japanese espionage networks, drug smuggling rings and other crimes together with his dog Snowy.

However, the great interest in this work has raised a number of questions in the French media about the origin of the Work – be it a gift to the son of Tintin or a drawing that was simply never returned to the artist.

However, there is no question of authenticity. On Thursday, Hergé, real name Georges Remi, was able to break the record for the most expensive comic artwork with 2.6 million euros, which had previously been set by himself.

“In 2014 we achieved the previous record for the ‘ Pages de Garde ‘set up. It would be fair if this piece broke that record. Hergé had only done five comic book covers using this direct color technique, so this is very rare, ”said Leroy.

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