More than 100 original comics to be auctioned in Belgium

Tintin And The Picaros and Tintin: The Shooting Star. Some 101 French and Belgian comics, including a rare 1939 India ink and crayon drawing of the adventures of iconic boy hero Tintin, go to auction on Sunday in Brussels. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Tintin And The Picaros and Tintin: The Shooting Star. Some 101 French and Belgian comics, including a rare 1939 India ink and crayon drawing of the adventures of iconic boy hero Tintin, go to auction on Sunday in Brussels. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

BRUSSELS (AFP) - Some 101 French and Belgian comics, including a rare 1939 India ink and crayon drawing of the adventures of iconic boy hero Tintin, go to auction on Sunday in Brussels.

In addition to works by Tintin creator Herge, there will be others from Franquin, Uderzo, Schuiten and Gotlib, worth an estimated €1.5 million (S$2.4 million), auction house Millon said.

The centrepiece is the 1939 India ink and crayon sketch by Herge for the cover of the Belgian weekly "Le Petit Vingtieme," estimated at €350,000-€400,000.

Franquin is expected to be the other star of the sale, with a 1968 plate from "Gaston Lagaffe" estimated at €90,000-€100,000, and another from "Modeste et Pompon" published in Tintin magazine in 1958.

In May, a 1937 two-page spread by Herge depicting Tintin on various adventures with his dog Snowy sold in Paris for €2.65 million, a record for cartoon art in a market where prices have risen tenfold in recent years.