Published: June 5, 2018
DALLAS — The top lot from Heritage Auctions’ first European comic art auction on June 2, which was simulcast to Heritage Auctions Europe in IJsselstein, the Netherlands, was a rarely seen set of original Tintin drawings by Belgian cartoonist Hergé, which sold for $425,000. A 12-panel page of inked original art from the story “The Red Sea Sharks,” published in a 1958 edition of Journal Tintin, was sold along with its pencil-on-paper design. The title in French, “Tintin, Coke en Stock” is derived from the code word for the human cargo of a slave-trafficking ship, “Coke en Stock.” Hergé echoed the news reports of the late 1950s to create a story about the criminal activities of an international gang that traffics in both slaves and weapons of war. A full review of the auction will appear in a future issue.
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