This week Heritage Auctions in Dallas ran two days of auctions of European comic art and included the cover of The Adventures of Tintin, Volume 1: Tintin in the Land of Soviets.
It sold for $1.12m.
Tintin art is rare as most of it is owned by the Herge Museum in Louvain-la-Neuve, near Brussels. Furthermore, this cover is the first time we see Tintin and Snowy on a cover of a magazine, and it had been signed by Herge as well.
The cover is 21cm by 26cm and shows Tintin putting together a propeller for his plane while Snowy watches. It’s a classic example of Herge’s style, which artists like Andy Warhol have said influenced them.
Tintin is a global success, selling more than 200 million copies in 70 different languages.