Cover of Tintin skit to go un­der ham­mer

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HT BUSINESS - Agence France-Presse n let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The cover of a Tintin story that satirised Hitler’s ex­pan­sion­ism could go for more than $395,000 when it comes up for auc­tion in Paris on Satur­day.

In King Ot­takar’s Sceptre, the de­tec­tive’s Bel­gian cre­ator Herge was tak­ing a dig at the Nazi leader af­ter his an­nex­a­tion of Aus­tria in 1938.

Tintin and his faith­ful hound Snowy find them­selves try­ing to foil a plot by spies to over­throw the king of the fic­tional Balkan land of Syl­davia.

The story was first pub­lished in the chil­dren’s sup­ple­ment of the con­ser­va­tive Brus­sels news­pa­per Le Pe­tit Vingtieme.

The cover shows Tintin trip­ping as he gets out of the plane in Prague and hav­ing to grab his new friend Pro­fes­sor Alem­bick’s beard.

The draw­ing is part of a ma­jor sale of clas­sic car­toon im­ages at Artcu­rial auc­tion house in the French cap­i­tal, which was post­poned in March be­cause of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

Also go­ing un­der the ham­mer is a paint­ing of As­terix and Obe­lix by their cre­ator Al­bert Uderzo for a 1966 colour­ing book, which is ex­pected to sell for up to $28,200.

Among the big­gest bids at the com­ing auc­tion is a 1954 ink draw­ing called Le pirogue (The Dugout Ca­noe) of the Mar­supil­ami, the fic­tional South Amer­i­can an­i­mal in­vented by the leg­endary Bel­gian artist An­dre Fran­quin.

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A stamp com­mem­o­rat­ing the Tintin skit.

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