A rare cover from a Tintin comic has fetched a record amount for the type of art-work, being sold for $1.6 million at a Paris auction house.
A comic cover, depicting a drawing of the adventurous Tintin, has been sold for a record amount of money at the Paris auction house Artcurial. The cover dates back to 1932 and it is an original illustration, drawn in Indian ink and colored with paint.
The cover was drawn by Tintin's creator, the Belgian writer and illustrator Herge. It was, according to Fox News, one of only five such works of cover art remaining.
The BBC reports that comic was titled "Tintin in America", where Tintin is dressed as a cowboy. Tintin was created by the artist and writer Herge (Georges Remi (1907–1983). The character Tintin was a young Belgian reporter who is assisted on many adventures by his faithful fox terrier dog called Snowy.
The purchaser was an unknown private collector. At the auction other Tintin memorabilia was sold, some of it fetching high prices although nothing came close to the record breaking illustration.
Tintin's continual appeal was marked by film director Steven Spielberg 3D movie, “Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn”, which was released in 2011.