Comic book Tintin in America sells for record $1.6 million

Published On: Thursday, December 6, 2012 7:35 AM
By: Debbie Gross
Tintin In America
A rare 1932 cover illustration of "Tintin in America" by Herge, the artist who designed the boy reporter, Saturday was sold for 1.3 million euros or $1.6 million at an auction in Paris.

"The work has been sold for 1,338,509.20 euros, including expenses, for a person who wishes to remain anonymous," said a spokesman for the auctioneers, Artcurial.

The former owner, another collector of Tintin, had bought it for 764,218 euros in 2008.

While Artcurial had not announced an estimate of what they thought it would sell on this occasion, a spokesman said he expected it to break the mark of one million euros.

Belgian cartoonist Hervé book painted with India ink and gouache color cover for the first edition of the book which first appeared in 1934.

One of the five works of art that is covered by Herve, shows Tintin cowboy dress sitting on a rock, his dog Snowy at his side, with three Indians, armed with two axles, trailing behind him.