A rare Tintin drawing depicting journalist and his companion Snowy by Belgian cartoonist Herge sold for 505,000 euros ($595,900) at a Paris auction. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. A rare Tintin drawing by Belgian cartoonist Herge sold for 505,000 euros ($595,900) at a Paris auction on Saturday (November 18). The chinese ink and watercolour artwork sold by Paris auction house Artcurial depicts Tintin and his companion Snowy for the cover of 'King Ottokar's Sceptre' published in newspaper 'Petit Vingtieme' in 1939. It was the first time the drawing, which sold to a European collector, was on the market. It had remained in the original owner's home since her childhood when she was given it as a gift from Herge himself. Images like these are rare and hard to find. The colour illustrations printed in black and white albums were a significant innovation of the time, comics expert Eric Leroy told Reuters , and Herge was reluctant to switch to colour drawings for fear of losing his trademark touch. The first two comic strips for the tenth volume 'The Shooting Star' showing Tintin and Snowy wandering underneath a twinkling night's sky fetched 381,800 euros ($449,580) at the same auction. It dates from 1941 and was published in Belgian newspaper Le Soir. The Tintin series, created by Georges Remi under the pen name Herge, has become one of the most popular comics in the world with translations in more than 50 languages and 200 million copies of the 24 books sold.