TINTIN HERGE COMIC ART SELLS FOR WHOPPING $3.84 MILLION AT AUCTION
So comics are pretty fun. I even have a collection, somewhere. I haven’t looked at it in decades, to be sure. But there was a time where I spent a bit of time each day looking at them. Some, for the stories and action, of course. I was a kid! But for some, it was just because the artwork was so damn good. I and a bunch of friends would compete, trying to do the best reproductions, or homage pieces in the same style. The best stuff was impossible. Because it was art! And as of last week, the world now has the most expensive comic art piece ever. It sold for $3.84 million at auction.
NOW THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE COMIC ART EVER, PIECE SAT IN A DRAWER FOR DECADES
So for all those superman fans out there, this may not be comic art you are familiar with. For one, it was made by the artist Hergé. For another, it’s an illustration of Tintin. A lot of Americans have no clue about Tintin, I reckon. Hergé had given the original piece to his then-editor’s 7 year old son. Who promptly folded it and put it in a drawer for years. Like, years. The piece was the design for Hergé’s 1936 comic, The Blue Lotus. In 1936! And the original comic art itself sat in a folded state in a drawer till the year 1981.
IF YOU HAVE A GREAT COLOR PRINTER AND A HI-RES COPY, MAYBE YOU CAN ENJOY COMIC ART TOO ON THE DL
And as of last week, Hergé’s editor’s grandkids sold it at auction for that whopping, insane price. The piece was done in ink, goache and watercolors. From that picture, I’d say it aged pretty well sitting in a drawer for all those years. But because it is so dynamic with those colors and nuance, it never actually graced the cover of The Blue Lotus comic. This comic art would have simply been too expensive to print in mass production. But if you think it’s gorgeous, too, maybe have a look at that 800 dollar color printer you never use.
Hey, it’s nicer on the wall than the cover of Action Comics #1, right?