- Title: Rare Tintin comic set to fetch over $400,000 at auction in Paris
- Date: 18th September 2019
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (FILE - APRIL 8, 2017) (REUTERS) PERSON FLICKING THROUGH AUCTION PROGRAMME AUCTION IN PROGRESS AUCTIONEER BANGING GAVEL
- Embargoed: 2nd October 2019 16:02
- Keywords: Tintin comic auction Paris
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- City: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVA003AX6QQ1L
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- Story Text: An original Tintin comic strip by Herge from 1942 is expected to sell for up to 400,000 euros ($442,000) at auction in Paris on Wednesday (September 18).
An artwork comprised of three strips from the comic "The Mysterious Star" will go on sale at the Piasa auction house in the French capital.
The work, drawn in Chinese ink, was the first design in a new format for the Tintin comics to be printed on thinner sheets due to a wartime shortage of paper supplies.
The buyer will receive an extra perk: Herge's blood, which dripped on the comic strip after the artist injured himself with a compass at his drawing desk.
Tintin has already broken world record sales for a comic - a page from the 1954 book 'Explorers on the Moon' fetched 1.55 million euros ($1.71 million USD) at auction in 2016.
At a Paris auction in 2017, an original drawing from the 1939 "King Ottokar's Sceptre" and the 1941 "The Shooting Star" sold for 505,000 euros ($557,000 USD) and 381,800 euros ($421,000 USD) respectively.
(Production: Kathryn Carlson, Antony Paone)
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