Rare Tintin Memorabilia Goes To Auction In Paris

Category: Society / Nov 16, 2012 9:47AM EDT
Tintin the tufty-haired reporter is at it again -- the beloved comic book character is making his way to Paris for a Tintin-themed auction. Various Tintin memorabilia was put on display at a Paris auction house on Friday (November 16) ahead of the auction on Sunday (November 18). Sunday's auction at the Piasa is comprised of 180 items, all related to Tintin or his creator, Belgian artist Herge. The items were collected from independent sellers, according to Piasa Director Alain Cadiou, and prices range from an affordable 100 euros to over 20,000 euros. "I think that what characterizes this sale is that it's a very sound sale in the auction world. Like the past two times, we called upon the people in France and Belgium, people brought works, we selected them with the help of experts, and we put them in this catalogue," The Tintin comic books were first published in a Belgian newspaper in 1929 and have since spread throughout the world, selling more than 200 million copies to date in over 50 different languages. This June, a rare 1932 cover drawing of a Tintin comic book broke records when it sold for 1.3m euros at a Parisian auction.