Tintin art sells for $1.7 million at Paris auction

A two-page spread from the 1939 Tintin book King Ottokar's Sceptre sold at a Paris auction over the weekend for a whopping $1.7 million.

Drawn by Herge, the scene depicts Tintin and his faithful companion Snowy in a dramatic crash after their plane has shot down. BBC News notes that although the artwork had a guide price of about $879,000, it sold for nearly twice that amount in a bidding war at the Sotheby's auction between four potential buyers.

Sale comes just weeks after a Herge illustration from the 1936 book The Blue Lotus fetched $1.2 million at an auction in Hong Kong.

Herge's original cover for the 1942 Tintin book The Shooting Star went for $2.8 million in February, just shy of the world-record price paid last year for a 1937 double-page spread signed by the artist.

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.

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