albums of Tintin. – GINIES/SIPA

A record. A board that is original from the album We walked on the moon was awarded on Saturday for a total of 1.55 million euros (including fees), a record for a single board, announced that the house Artcurial.

The board (50 x 35 cm), Chinese ink and gouache white, representing Tintin, Milou and captain Haddock, coated in a diving suit, discovering the joys of weightlessness on the moon and looking at a “clear Earth”. The piece, which alone sums up the title of the album, was estimated at between 700.000 and 900.000 euros.

“It is simply fantastic”

“This is one of the most important planks of the post-war part, in the same way that Tintin in Tibet and the Castafiore emerald, an album that became legendary for a number of collectors and lovers of comic strip”, had argued, prior to the sale, Eric Leroy, an expert of the department for BD at Artcurial.Just after the sale, it is excalmé: “It is simply fantastic. This is an exceptional price for an exceptional piece”. The board, acquired by a collector, a european, was “the most beautiful on the market”, assured the expert. Of the 62 boards of the mythical album “We walked on the Moon” (1954), only four are on the market.

Hergé holds most of the records of sale for the original BD. The design of the double page of Tintin’s adventures was sold more than 2.6 million euros in may 2014, while a double board of the Ottokar’s Sceptre has been assigned to more than 1.5 million euros in October 2015. But this is the first time that a simple board reached such an amount.

Artcurial has also been sold for a total of € 1.2 million for a rare set of 20 greeting cards-signed Hergé. These maps, indian ink and watercolour, ordered Hergé in the early 1940s, are considered as the first product derived important linked to the universe of Tintin. It sees Tintin and Snowy discover the delights of the mountain, luge and skiing, or decorating a Christmas tree, thompson and thomson, always so clumsy, wearing skis or ice skating. A card, the only with color, representing Tintin, Milou, Haddock, thompson and thomson on a bobsled red is gone to 146.700 euros, far short of its estimate (60.000/120.000 euros).

another board to sell

another board original We walked on the Moon should be on sale in the afternoon by Christie’s in Paris.

Unlike the board sold by Artcurial, one sees neither Tintin or any other characters created by Hergé on this board, the attention being focused on the emergency vehicles on the ground. It is particularly the Ford Tudor Sedan (model 1950) of Mr. Baxter, the director of the space, under four different angles. The board, Chinese ink and gouache white (37 x 51 cm), is estimated to be between 350,000 and 400,000 euros.

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Christie’s is also selling a coveted piece by the “tintinophiles”: a board of Tintin and the Thermo-Zero, an album that remained unfinished.

The project, a story of espionage on the background of the cold War, will never succeed. Hergé, who begins to work there in the late 1950s, after his masterpiece, Tintin in Tibet, will not go any further than the sketch of the first eight boards. Six of them are preserved at the Musée Hergé in Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium. One was given by Hergé to his collaborator Bob De Moor and another to the artist Tibet, the creator of Ric Rattle.

It is this board that will be put up for sale by Christie s. This drawing, done in pencil on paper by the hand of Hergé (and not a designer of studios Hergé), is estimated to be between 200,000 and 250,000 euros. This board (36,5 x 50 cm) should be the fourth page of the album. It represents Tintin, Snowy and captain Haddock rescuing victims of a road accident. Christie’s is selling also an original illustration for a calendar project where we see the twelve characters of Tintin’s adventures, which see now the powder itself, to do a round. Pencil drawing on paper, this piece is estimated to be between 110.000 and 120.000 euro.

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