First Tintin Cover Leads Heritage Auctions' European Comic Art Auction Above $2.4 Million
Debut cover art tops $1.1 million
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DALLAS, Texas (June 11, 2019) – The very first original cover art featuring Tintin, Hergé’s The Adventures of Tintin Vol. 1: Tintin in the Land of the Soviets, sold for $1,125,000 in Heritage Auctions’ European Comic Art Auction June 8-9, in Dallas, Texas. The total for the sale climbed to $2,401,007.
“Tintin is a seminal character, who has been loved and admired for generations the world over,” said Joe Mannarino, a Director of Comics and Comic Art at Heritage Auctions. “His popularity is as great now as it has ever been.”
Three separate bidders placed bids exceeding $1 million for the first cover illustration by Hergé, who is considered the star of European comics. The title character is shown carving a makeshift propeller for his plane from a tree trunk, under the watchful eye of his bandaged-but-attentive dog, Snowy.
Moebius Le Garage Hermétique de Jerry Cornelius Page 125 (Métal Hurlant, 1976-1978) more than doubled its high pre-auction estimate when 43 bidders drove its final price to $87,500. A quintessential example of Moebius’s art, this page comes close to the quality of the major pages from L’Incal.
Winsor McCay A Tale of the Jungle Imps Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 2-22-03 (Cincinnati Enquirer, 1903) drew bids from 34 collectors before closing at $57,500. This strip is from just the sixth Sunday of the series, which pre-dates McCay’s more well-known Little Nemo in Slumberland by a full two years. The series featured stories with illustrations explaining the origin of certain animals; this installment is entitled “How the Pelican Got His Pouch.”
Two pages from the same story, titled “Inhuman!” sparked intense demand among collectors. Moebius (Jean Giraud) L’Incal #5 “La Cinquième Essence: Galaxie qui Songe [The Fifth Essence: A Galaxy that Dreams]” Story Page 4 Original Art (Les Humanoïdes Associés, 1988) drew 35 bids before bringing $52,500, and Moebius (Jean Giraud) L’Incal #5 “La Cinquième Essence: Galaxie qui Songe [The Fifth Essence: A Galaxy that Dreams]” Story Page 3 Original Art (Les Humanoïdes Associés, 1988) generated offers from 29 collectors before finishing at $47,500. The artwork comes from one of the founders of Metal Hurlant magazine, which spawned Heavy Metal in the United States. Both pages are signed lower right by the artist.
The very first page from The Mercenary ever offered, Vicente Segrelles Le Mercenaire “La Evidencia” Page 3 (CIMOC #100, 1989) motivated 22 bidders before realizing $47,500. The page is done in the style that helped make the artist into a legend.
Other top lots include, but are not limited to:
Jean Giraud Blueberry Volume 9 “La piste des Sioux” Page 6 (Dargaud, 1971): $40,000
Alex Raymond Flash Gordon Sunday Comic Strip Original Art 7-12-42 (King Features Syndicate, 1942): $38,750
Charles Burns Black Hole #3 Cover Original Art (Kitchen Sink Press, 1996): $37,500
Charles Schulz Peanuts Daily Comic Strip Charlie Brown and Lucy Original Art dated 2-21-64 (United Feature Syndicate, 1964): $32,500
Will Eisner The Spirit #39 Cover Original Art (Kitchen Sink Press, 1987): $27,500
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