January 24, 2021

Tintin watercolor from 1936 sold for 3.1 million euros, a new record


Paris, Jan 14 (EFE) .- The original cover of Tintin’s fifth album, “El Loto Azul”, a watercolor on paper by Hergé dated 1936, was auctioned today for 3.175 million euros (3.8 million dollars) , a new record for the sale of comic book illustrations, the auction house Artcurial reported.

The illustration, measuring 34 x 34 centimeters, made with black ink, gouache and watercolor on paper, was sold for 2.6 million euros (3.15 million dollars) this Thursday, but after adding the different commissions the total price of 3,175 millions.

Artcurial thus surpasses the previous record in the sale of a comic book drawing, registered in 2014 in this same house with another illustration of Tintin by the Belgian cartoonist Hergé, which then sold for a total price of 2.6 million euros.

This is the cover that Georges Rémi, better known as Hergé, created in 1936 for “The Blue Lotus”, which was then discarded by its publisher, Casterman, as the color technique required to reproduce it was very expensive.

The cartoonist gave it to Jean-Paul Casterman, the publisher’s son, which he kept with care and attachment until his death in 2009, and it has now been put up for sale by his heirs.

The illustration shows the little reporter on a black background, inside a porcelain vase and together with his inseparable companion Snowy, frightened by the presence of a huge red dragon.

The drawing with which the album was finally released had a black dragon on a red background.

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