Tintin Comic Book Art Sells for $3.2 Million at Paris Auction

An unpublished Tintin cover was sold at auction for 2.6 million euro ($3,173,820) in Paris, France, on January 14, the second-highest price ever paid for comic book artwork.

Footage of the auction at the Artcurial auction house shows the drawing by Hergé, reportedly originally intended as the cover art for the fifth Tintin title, “Le Lotus Bleu,” being sold.

According to the Guardian, the original Le Lotus Bleu cover was created in 1936 using India ink, gouache, and watercolor, and was rejected due to production costs.

The world record for a comic-art price is 2.65 million euro, set in 2018 when an American fan bought the original ink flyleaf drawings used on all the Tintin adventures printed between 1937 and 1958, according to reports. Credit: Artcurial via Storyful