A rare India ink drawing of boy-detective Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy by the Belgian artist Georges Prosper Remi – otherwise known as Hergé – has been sold for $500,000 at an auction in Paris. The drawing is from the 1939 comic album titled “King Ottokar’s Sceptre”.
In addition to being a drawing from Herge, the fact that it was made in India ink and in color made it even more of a rarity as Herge was said to be hesitant to switch to color drawings as he felt it might harm his distinctive style.
Tintin was Herge’s greatest comic success, a worldwide sensation translated into 90 languages and selling in excess of 200 million copies as well as spawning a film adaptation by Steven Spielberg in 2011.
Herge died in 1983 at the age of 75.
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