Two pages of Tintin artwork sell for a whopping $1.2 m

Hergé has inspired generations with his work on Tintin, the comic book character who has won quite the following on the silver screen. In a more recent turn of events, the last two pages of the comic book, King Ottokar’s Sceptre sold for nearly a million Euros ($1.153 to be precise). The sale took place at a Paris auction on Saturday. A comic book expert stated that this is only the second time that a Tintin plate has fetched a million Euros, the other being a double page spread that sold at Sotheby’s in Paris, last October for a million and a half Euros.

The work that was auctioned was created in blue watercolor, gouache and ink. A European collector and Tintin loyalist made the purchase by phone. King Ottokar’s Sceptre was published in 1939 and is the eighth instalment of Tintin’s adventure series. The storyline keeps to Hergé’s anti-Nazi lashing and sees Tintin thwart a plot to overthrow a European king.
A number of works from the Tintin collection are raising eyebrows by the kind of mileage they drive, especially by means of purchase funds at celebrated auctions.