Initial Drawing for the Very First Cover of ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ Discovered, Will be Auctioned

The first cover art of The Adventures of Tintin, one of the most popular comic book series of all time, has been unearthed and is heading to Heritage Auctions on June 8th and 9th in Dallas, Texas. Created by legendary Belgian cartoonist Hergé, The Adventures of Tintin Vol.1: Tintin in the Land of the Soviets, is estimated to bring in the incredible price of $1,300,000. According to artnet.com and their price database, Hergé’s auction record currently is set at €2,650,000 (around $2,980,000), which was put in place at 2014 for the front pages of a 1937 Tintin publication. This sale also …

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The first cover art of The Adventures of Tintin, one of the most popular comic book series of all time, has been unearthed and is heading to Heritage Auctions on June 8th and 9th in Dallas, Texas.

Created by legendary Belgian cartoonist Hergé, The Adventures of Tintin Vol.1: Tintin in the Land of the Soviets, is estimated to bring in the incredible price of $1,300,000. According to artnet.com and their price database, Hergé’s auction record currently is set at €2,650,000 (around $2,980,000), which was put in place at 2014 for the front pages of a 1937 Tintin publication. This sale also set a record price for a work of comic book art at any auction.

 

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The original drawing integrates Hergé’s political perspective at the time, as well as his distinctive artistic fashion.

“Tintin is a seminal character, who has been loved and admired for generations the world over,” Joe Mannarino said, the director of comic art at Heritage Auctions. “His popularity is as great now as it has ever been”.

This auction will be very intriguing to see, as The Adventures of Tintin, ever since the mid 1900s, has really lacked popularity in the United States. In January of this year, the comic book series turned 90 years old, and even though it is still immensely popular throughout Europe and the Middle East, there are only a handful of fans in the United States. Steven Spielberg’s 2011 animated film The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn helped introduce American audiences to Hergé’s work, yet the movie’s style was more faithful to Indiana Jones than it was to any of the Tintin comic books.

 

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