Proposed for the first time on the market of the art, the initial coverage provided for the album of Hergé’s ” The blue Lotus “, the fifth adventure of Tintin published in 1936, will be auctioned in Paris on the 21st of November, announced on Wednesday the house Artcurial.
Estimated between 2 and 3 million euros, this rare work of art, carried out in direct colours, is presented to the public until the 11th of September in Monaco, before Brussels and also the FIAC (international contemporary art Fair) in Paris in October, said Artcurial-confirming information of le Figaro.
The drawing in india ink, watercolor and gouache on paper (35×35 cm), depicts Tintin and Snowy hiding in a large vase Ming blue, as well as a large red dragon on a tapestry, seeming to observe them.
“This unique work is probably the most important piece of the comic strip in private hands. The original drawings of Hergé in color are extremely rare. With “Tintin in Tibet”, “The blue Lotus” is the album’s most appreciated by collectors, ” said AFP Eric Leroy, a specialist in the BD and is an expert on the sale.
“This drawing is a true masterpiece, representing the genius of Hergé. In addition, the story is beautiful and the origin is prestigious and direct: Hergé was offered to the young son of the publisher Louis Casterman. Since then, this drawing remained in the family, ” said Mr. Leroy.
In four colors, this gouache was to illustrate the cover of the first edition of the ” blue Lotus “, but had been refused by the Casterman editions because of the costs of printing of the time.
In this adventure, which is located in China, Tintin embarks on the trail of traffickers of opium, in the company of his new sidekick Chang, a wink to the own friend of Hergé.
After Monaco, the design will be presented in Brussels from September 22 to October 2, then in Paris on 19 and 20 November, prior to its auction the next day.
The auction house Artcurial holds 8 of the 10 highest auction for a work of Hergé, whose world record for a drawing by comic strip all authors combined, lifting the may 24, 2014 with 2.6 million euros for the first cover pages of Tintin’s adventures.