A plank from the album “We walked on the moon,” was auctioned Saturday at the record price of 1.55 million euros at an auction in Paris.
The board (50 x 35 cm), Chinese ink and gouache white, representing Tintin, Milou and captain Haddock, coated in a diving suit, discovering the joys of weightlessness on the moon and looking at a “clear Earth”. The piece, which alone sums up the title of the album made by the belgian cartoonist Hergé, was estimated at between 700.000 and 900.000 euros. She has been awarded, this Saturday morning, at 1.55 million euros by the house Artcurial: this is the first time that a simple board reached such an amount.
“This is one of the most important planks of the post-war part, in the same way that Tintin in Tibet and the Castafiore emerald, an album that became legendary for a number of collectors and lovers of comic strip”, had argued, prior to the sale, Eric Leroy, an expert of the department for BD at Artcurial.
Hergé holds most of the records of sale for the original BD. The design of the double page of Tintin’s adventures was sold more than 2.6 million euros in may 2014, while a double page of “Ottokar’s Sceptre” has been assigned to more than 1.5 million euros in October 2015.
Among the other lots of prestige in the weekend, Artcurial will be selling also around twenty of the famous “cartes neige” of the cartoonist Hergé, estimated between 60,000 and 120,000 euros. A collection of books in black and white and color from the library of Louis Casterman, historical publisher of Tintin since the 1930s, complete this collection estimated to be between 1.2 and 2.4 million.
Christie’s will sell another board We walked on the Moon
another board original We walked on the Moon, published in 1954, should be on sale during this Saturday afternoon in Paris, this time by the house Christie s. It is the dramatic return to Earth of the moon rocket. Unlike the board sold by Artcurial, one sees neither Tintin or any other characters created by Hergé on this board, the attention being focused on the emergency vehicles on the ground. It is particularly the Ford Tudor Sedan (model 1950) of Mr. Baxter, the director of the space, under four different angles. The board, Chinese ink and gouache white (37 x 51 cm), is estimated to be between 350,000 and 400,000 euros.