GREAT SNAKES! RARE Tintin art has just fetched a treasure that Red Rackham could only dream of.
The 1932 cover art “Tintin in America” — reportedly one of only five such surviving covers by Belgian cartoonist Herge — was purchased at a Paris auction this weekend. The winning bid for the Indian ink and gouache cover was about $1.6-million — a record for original comic art.
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The previous record was held by the same item: This cover — which depicts a cowboy-hatted Tintin next to dog Snowy — went for about $943,000 at auction in 2008, the BBC reported.
This time, the anonymity of the private buyer is enough to pique the Thompson twins’ interest. The unknown purchaser was represented at the auction by a friend only known as “Didier,” the BBC said.
By comparison, the record for a comic book at auction is $2.16-million; a near-mint issue of 1938’s Action Comics No. 1 — the debut of Superman — sold last November to a private buyer, the New York-based auction/consignment site ComicConnect/Metropolis told Comic Riffs.
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