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Original Tintin art by Hergé may sell for over £500,000 in Heritage’s First European Comic Art Auction

Hergé Tintin: Coke in Stock (retitled The Red Sea Sharks in English) Plate 58 Journal Tintin of December 4, 1957 (Casterman - 1958). With its title-shaped word game, Coke in Stock was the 19th album of the adventures of Tintin and Snowy. This was the last of this decade's stories. Hergé echoed the news reports of the late Fifties to create a story about the criminal activities of an international gang that traffics in both slaves and weapons of war.
Hergé Tintin: Coke in Stock (retitled The Red Sea Sharks in English) Plate 58 Journal Tintin of December 4, 1957 (Casterman – 1958). With its title-shaped word game, Coke in Stock was the 19th album of the adventures of Tintin and Snowy. This was the last of this decade’s stories. Hergé echoed the news reports of the late Fifties to create a story about the criminal activities of an international gang that traffics in both slaves and weapons of war.

An extraordinary, 12-panel page of original Tintin art by Belgian cartoonist Hergé may sell for as much as $720,000 (over £533,400) in Heritage Auctions’ first European Comic Art Auction next month.

The sale offers nearly 300 lots, including vintage artworks by giants of Franco-Belgian comics such as Peyo, François Schuiten and Jean-Claude Mézières.

Hergé Tintin: Coke in Stock (retitled The Red Sea Sharks in English) Plate 58 Journal Tintin of December 4, 1957 (Casterman - 1958). With its title-shaped word game, Coke in Stock was the 19th album of the adventures of Tintin and Snowy. This was the last of this decade's stories. Hergé echoed the news reports of the late Fifties to create a story about the criminal activities of an international gang that traffics in both slaves and weapons of war.

The auction will be held at Heritage’s headquarters in Dallas, Texas on 2nd June, and simulcast to Heritage Auctions Europe in IJsselstein, the Netherlands. Highlights will be on preview in Paris, Brussels and IJsselstein.

“Our team at Heritage Auctions Europe has procured an offering of exceptional depth and breadth,” said Jim Halperin, Co-founder of Heritage Auctions. “This is just the start of what we expect will be regular auctions devoted to this growing and powerful category.”

On offer are several pieces of original art by Georges Remi (known by the pen name “Hergé”), who is considered one of the most popular European comic artists of the 20th century. A page of rarely seen pencil art that documents Remi’s creative process accompanies the aforementioned original art for page 58 of the story The Red Sea Sharks from Journal Tintin, published in 1958.

Hergé (Georges Rémi) Red Rackham's Treasure: The Crypt of Marlinspike Hall Original Art (Hallmark, 1970). Along with the cover, this is the most beautiful illustration from the pop-up book of Red Rackham's Treasure.
Hergé (Georges Rémi) Red Rackham’s Treasure: The Crypt of Marlinspike Hall Original Art (Hallmark, 1970). Along with the cover, this is the most beautiful illustration from the pop-up book of Red Rackham’s Treasure.

Additional artworks by Remi include a full-colour, original illustration for Red Rackham’s Treasure: The Crypt of Marlinspike Hall (est. $54,000), featuring Tintin, his trusty pup Snowy and friend Captain Haddock. A related original illustration published on the front page of the newspaper Le Soir (est. $30,000) announces the publication of Red Rackham’s Treasure in 1943. An iconic original Art Panel from Tintin: The Temple of the Sun, published in 1947, depicts Tintin and Captain Haddock on an adventure in the heart of the Andes (est. $22,000).

Hergé (Georges Remi) Tintin: The Temple of the Sun Page 38 Panel 4 Original Art (Journal Tintin, 1947).   When the Journal of Tintinwas launched in 1946, Hergé came up with a landmark story in the chronicles of his famous reporter.   Each page, created in an "Italian" landscape format, unfolds across a double-page spread. A rich reading experience, this approach created a problem when it came to adapting the story for the book edition. Hergé had to reformat certain pages and drop some panels, despite their undeniable quality. As an example, this panel (panel 4 from page 38 - published in Tintin Journal # 24 on June 12th, 1947) features Tintin and Captain Haddock in the heart of the Andes.
Hergé (Georges Remi) Tintin: The Temple of the Sun Page 38 Panel 4 Original Art (Journal Tintin, 1947).
When the Journal of Tintinwas launched in 1946, Hergé came up with a landmark story in the chronicles of his famous reporter.
Each page, created in an “Italian” landscape format, unfolds across a double-page spread. A rich reading experience, this approach created a problem when it came to adapting the story for the book edition. Hergé had to reformat certain pages and drop some panels, despite their undeniable quality. As an example, this panel (panel 4 from page 38 – published in Tintin Journal # 24 on June 12th, 1947) features Tintin and Captain Haddock in the heart of the Andes.

From Peyo, the creator of the internationally famous Smurfs, comes the original Cover Art for Spirou #1447, which is drawn Peyo himself and features 10 characters in a single illustration (est. $48,000).

Hugo Pratt Corto Maltese: "The Ethiopian" Panel Page Original Art (Casterman, 1978). Corto Maltese, the legendary series by the master Hugo Pratt, likely needs no introduction to any reader of downthetubes
Hugo Pratt Corto Maltese: “The Ethiopian” Panel Page Original Art (Casterman, 1978). Corto Maltese, the legendary series by the master Hugo Pratt, likely needs no introduction to any reader of downthetubes

A page of original art from Corto Maltese by legendary Italian comic book creator Hugo Pratt (est. $43,000) is expected to spark spirited bidding.

Corto Maltese is perhaps Pratt’s greatest contribution to European comics and the page, from the 1978 story “And Other Romeos and Other Juliets,” is an iconic representation of the artist’s signature black and white illustrations.

François Schuiten Paris in the Twentieth Century Cover Original Art (Hachette, 1994). This major drawing was created by the co-author of The Obscure Cities for the cover of Jules Verne's "forgotten" novel published in 1994.
François Schuiten Paris in the Twentieth Century Cover Original Art (Hachette, 1994). This major drawing was created by the co-author of The Obscure Cities for the cover of Jules Verne’s “forgotten” novel published in 1994.

An important painting by François Schuiten, titled Paris in the Twentieth Century (est. $36,000), was created by the co-author of The Obscure Cities for the cover of Jules Verne’s “forgotten” novel published in 1994.

Cover Art by Jean-Claude Mézières for Valerian Volume 19
Cover Art by Jean-Claude Mézières for Valerian Volume 19

The original Cover Art by Jean-Claude Mézières for Valerian Volume 19 (Dargaud, 2004) is considered one of the finest examples of Mézières talent, who along with writer Pierre Christin is credited for creating the blueprint for French science fiction comics.

A powerful original painting by Spanish artist Luis Royo titled Isolde and Tristan Circuits (Norma, 2005) (est. $22,000) is a highly sought after illustration which was published in the art book Subversive Beauty.

“Classic American comic art has always been popular throughout Europe and this auction includes stellar examples from many of the legends of comic book and newspaper features, from Will Eisner to George Herriman and Alex Raymond to Frank Miller,” Halperin said.

Hugo Pratt Corto Maltese in Siberia Preliminary Original Art (Casterman, 1982). Pratt has always been very meticulous about drawing military costumes with precision. As a result, at the heart of this watercolor, the pencil and India ink become more precise, creating a stronger impression of realism.
Hugo Pratt Corto Maltese in Siberia Preliminary Original Art (Casterman, 1982). Pratt has always been very meticulous about drawing military costumes with precision. As a result, at the heart of this watercolor, the pencil and India ink become more precise, creating a stronger impression of realism.
Jacques Tardi Adèle Blanc-Sec Vol.2 "The Eiffel Tower Demon" Page 24 Original Art (Casterman, 1976). "The Eiffel Tower Demon" is the greatest adventure of Adèle Blanc-Sec. Tardi recreates the evocative locales of Paris, transporting us here into the subterranean worlds beneath the City of Light.
Jacques Tardi Adèle Blanc-Sec Vol.2 “The Eiffel Tower Demon” Page 24 Original Art (Casterman, 1976). “The Eiffel Tower Demon” is the greatest adventure of Adèle Blanc-Sec. Tardi recreates the evocative locales of Paris, transporting us here into the subterranean worlds beneath the City of Light.
Moebius (Jean Giraud)The Black Incal Page 25 Original Art (Humanoïdes Associés, 1991). From a story by Jodorowsky, Moebius produced The Incal, a pillar of contemporary science fiction. This page comes from the first volume in the saga, which would inspire generations of artists worldwide
Moebius (Jean Giraud)The Black Incal Page 25 Original Art (Humanoïdes Associés, 1991). From a story by Jodorowsky, Moebius produced The Incal, a pillar of contemporary science fiction. This page comes from the first volume in the saga, which would inspire generations of artists worldwide

Additional highlights include Corto Maltese in Siberia, a preliminary Original Artwork (Casterman, 1982) by Pratt (est. $16,000); the Original Art for Page 25 from The Black Incal (Humanoïdes Associés, 1991) by French artist Jean Giraud, who garnered worldwide acclaim predominantly under the pseudonym Moebius and Gir, (est. $19,200); French artist Yves Chaland‘s original Art from Freddy Lombard Volume 4 (1988), page 34 for the story titled “Vacation in Budapest” (est. $13,000; original Art from French artist Jacques Tardi’s Adèle Blanc-Sec Volume 2 (Casterman, 1976), (est. $12,000)

• Heritage Auctions’ inaugural European Comic Art Auction takes place on 2nd June 2018 in Dallas, Texas, and will be simulcast to Heritage Auctions Europe Office in IJsselstein, the Netherlands. Bidding is now open at HA.com/7188

 

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