This original piece of Tintin art sold for $1.2 million at auction in Paris. (Click to enlarge)
Tintin is sort of know in the U.S., but the boy investigator and adventurer is super important in Europe. The Belgian artist Herge created Tintin in the 1920s. The name is actually a French pronunciation of R and G, which as true Tintin fan knows are the reverse initials for Georges Remi, the artist’s real name.
When I lived in Brussels, Tintin stores were everywhere. They were like Disney stores in the U.S. And if you go to the Musee de Bande Dessinee (The comic strip museum) in Brussels, you’ll see this at the entrance:
That’s the rocket from Tintin’s “Destination Moon” and “Explorers on the Moon.”
When you realize what a big deal Tintin is on the global scene, $1.2 million really isn’t that much for original Tintin art.
(Although I personally would love to have a mint condition Action Comics No. 1, or an Amazing Fantasy No. 15. And no, I’m not going to explain the significance of those issues because a real comic book fan already knows what they represent.)
(Via the Wall Street Journal)