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Tintin sets comic strip record at auction

Published on May 25, 2014 6:35 AM
 
A picture taken on May 22, 2014 shows an inside wiew of the Herge museum in Louvain-La-Neuve. The original page of drawings featuring the intrepid boy reporter Tintin sold at auction on Saturday, May 24, 2014, for more than two million euros, a new world record for a comic strip. - PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - An original page of drawings featuring the intrepid boy reporter Tintin sold at auction on Saturday, May 24, 2014, for more than two million euros, a new world record for a comic strip.

The piece, dating from 1937 and signed by the creator Herge, went to an American collector after 15 minutes of furious bidding at the Artcurial auction in Paris.

Experts said the sum, 2.5 million euros (S$3.4 million) including fees, or 2.1 million euros without, reflects the new enthusiasm for cartoon items, which have seen prices soar in a decade.

The piece sold on Saturday is a double page ink drawing created by the Belgian artist for the inside cover of the Tintin adventures published between 1937 and 1958, featuring images drawn from the various albums.

 
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