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Vintage 'Tintin' comic strip auctioned for $3.1 million

Vintage 'Tintin' comic strip auctioned for $3.1 million

Original boy wonder

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A signed drawing of the boy reporter Tintin from 1937 sold for $3.1 million recently, making it the most valuable piece of comic book art ever sold

The previous record of $1.3 million was set by another Tintin drawing, also signed by the creator Hergé, in 2012 – and now that figure has been matched again after 15 minutes of furious bidding by an American collector at the Artcurial auction in Paris.

The piece sold is a double page ink drawing created by the Belgian artist for the inside cover of The Tintin Adventures published between 1937 and 1958, featuring images drawn from the various albums.

Tintin appears with his dog Snowy in different situations – as a cowboy, an explorer, a knight in shining armour, on a horse or in the desert.

Collectors says the prices for cartoon art have increased ten-fold in the last decade. In fact, The Wall Street Journal's 'MarketWatch' website went so far as to call cartoon comic art as 'more reliable than the stock market' at present...