Tintin cover sold for $1.6M at auction in Paris

4 June 2012

A rare 1932 cover of Tintin in America by Herge on Saturday fetched a record 1.3 million euros ($1.6 million) at an auction in Paris. The buyer wishes to remain anonymous.

While auctionhouse Artcurial had not announced an estimate of what they thought the cover would fetch, a spokesman said they had expected it to break the one-million-euro mark. The same cover had been sold in March 2008 when it changed hands for 760,000 Euros.

Belgian comic book artist Herge painted the Indian ink and gouache color cover for the first edition of the book, which first appeared in 1934. One of only five such works of cover art remaining by Herge, it shows the young adventurer dressed as a cowboy sitting on a rock, his dog Snowy at his side, as three Indians creep up behind him.

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