Auctioneers aim for new auction record for Tintin artwork

Sharjah24 – AFP: Belgian comic book hero Tintin, who is well-known throughout the world for his daring escapades and blonde quiff, is stirring up the art world with a unique illustration that may break a record at auction.
The 1942 black-and-white ink drawing by creator Herge for the cover of the third volume in the series, “Tintin in America”, is set to go on sale in Paris next month.

The illustration, which shows a Native American chief pointing an accusatory finger at the tied-up Tintin, has been given an estimate of between 2.2 million to 3.2 million euros ($2.4-3.5 million) by auction firm Artcurial.

That top figure would see it match an original illustration for the 1936 cover of the Tintin adventure “Blue Lotus” — which became the most expensive comic book art when it sold in 2021.

But there are hopes that the upcoming sale for the cover of one of the most popular Tintin books could go higher and beat that record.

“We are talking about drawings that belong to the history of art,” said Vinciane de Traux, Artcurial’s director for Belgium.

“Herge is, along with (surrealist painter Rene) Magritte, the most important figure in Belgian art.”

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