The rough pencils of a page of Tintin in Tibet by Herge, has been auctioned by Christie's for €289,500 ($400,000) almost double its estimated price while a self portrait sold for €91,500 ($125,000) and a Tintin postcard design for €85,500 ($117,000).
While a cover of Asterix and the Soothsayer by Albert Uderzo has sold for at €193,500 ($265,000) a third over its estimated price, while a page from Asterix In Corsica sold for €145,000 ($200,000) .
And a Spirou cover by Andre Franquin sold for€157,500 ($215,993), more than double its estimate.
In comparison, work by artists more highly regarded in America, such as Moebius could only reach prices from €47,100 ($65,000) to much lower and Hugo Pratt up to€55,500 ($76,112). However, almost all pieces sold went for significantly more than their estimated price, in Moebius' case, up to five times more, which seemed to be the case all round.
Overall, the auction brought in sales totalling €3,889,500 or $5,329,500. Quite a tidy sum…