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Tintin auction breaks record

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Latest update : 2010-04-29

The sale in Namur, southern Belgium, of almost 600 lots associated with Herge and comic hero Tintin raised 1,172,000 euros, including charges, a world record for Hergé-associated items according to an expert.

AFP - Tintin mania swept a Belgian auction house on Sunday with almost 600 lots associated with Herge, creator of the famous cartoon reporter, breaking national and world sales records, an expert said.
  
The sale in Namur, southern Belgium, dominated by five large hand-drawn pages of original cartoon strips, raised 1,172,000 euros (1.57 million dollars), including charges, -- a world record for Herge-associated items and a cartoon strip book record in Belgium, said Thibaut Van Houtte, an expert on hand for the Rops auction house sale.
  
"It went well over even our upper pre-auction estimate of 650,000 euros," he said.
  
The buyers came from all over Europe, as well as the United States, Lebanon  and China.
  
However, Van Houtte was happy to say, the two highest-selling pages were bought by an anonymous Belgian collector.
  
The lot which the collector paid the most for was a hand-drawn page featuring Tintin, his faithful terrier Snowy and his crusty old sea-dog companion Captain Haddock made for the 1963 book "The Castafiore Emerald" which went for a total of 312,5000 euros, over three times its catalogue estimate, Van Houtte said.
  
The same collector also picked up a page of original drawings, including a spectacular car crash, as seen in the 1956 "The Calculus Affair".
  
The boy reporter -- the most loved figure in cartoon-mad Belgium's history -- first appeared on January 10, 1929 bound for the Soviet Union, in a supplement to the Roman Catholic Brussels weekly, Le Vingtieme Siecle.
  
It has been a long career that the death in 1983 of his creator, Georges Remi -- alias Herge -- has not compromised, with his descendants refusing to hand over the rights to Tintin.

Date created : 2009-05-10

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