Original 'Tintin' art sells at auction for $1.2 million

The original artwork for the final two pages of the 1939 Tintin comic King Ottokar's Sceptre sold at auction Saturday in Paris for €1.05 million, or about $1.2 million.

Another two-page spread from the same book sold at auction last fall for $1.7 million. While that's a hefty sum, it's not a record price for Tintin art: That belongs to a 1939 illustration signed by creator Hergé, which fetched $2.9 million in 2014.

The eighth volume in the Adventures of Tintin series, King Ottokar’s Sceptre follows the boy reporter and Snowy as they follow to the fictional nation of Syldavia to stop a plot to overthrow the government of King Muskar XII. The story was intended by Hergé as a criticism of Nazi Germany.

Agence France-Presse reports that French auction house Artcurial had expected the spread to sell for somewhere between600,000 and 800,000 euros. "Over a million euros, this is an excellent result," said Eric Leroy, a comic book expert at Artcurial.

The art was bought over the phone by "a European collector, a longtime fan."

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