The iconic artwork was created by the Belgian author of Tintin, who created the comics under the pen name Hergé, and is just one of five that remain in possession of private collectors. It is likely that a large number of fans and collectors will attend the fair, which has already attracted huge interest following the announcement of the comic cover auction.
The ‘Holy Grail’ of comic books to be auctioned this Saturday
It is thought that the original cover of the 1942 ‘Shooting Star’ adventures will go on sale for approximately 2.5 million euros, but could reach up to 2.9 million euros during the scheduled auction. The seller, who is a collector from Washington in the USA, has described the comic book as ‘the best copy in existence’.
Tintin and his faithful companion Snowy the Dog feature on the front cover, alongside a brightly coloured red mushroom beside the sea. The 10th volume of this series follows Tintin and his friends as they undergo an expedition to the Arctic Ocean in order to uncover a meteorite before his rival team.
Those on Belgium Comic Strip Centre, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year with a party attended by a number of the Tintin creator’s contemporaries.
Previously in May, a Tintin cartoon sold for $2.9 million, setting a new world record for the price paid for comic art. This could well be beaten at the Brussels Antiques and Fine Arts Fair in just a few days’ time, as it is an exceptional piece up for auction by a well-sought-after artist.
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