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February 28, 2005

Would you Pay $131,000 for This Page?


Someone e-mail if I have the decimal point wrong, but it seems that the above original page from Herge's Tintin series went for over $131,000 (US) to an unnamed bidder in a recent auction, according to reports on various European comics sites. The page is from 1939, and is in the "Sceptre d'Ottokar" story. According to the news brief, the bidder is unknown to cartooning and collecting circles.

That would seem to absolve Albert Uderzo, who as the ninth biggest money-winner in France certainly could afford it. The 77-year-old cartoonist and talent behind Asterix made the list on the heels of a massive royalty check and some work with an amusement park. He earned just under 10 million Euros last year, or as the report had it, more than the combined salaries of Jean-Jacques Goldman, Jean Reno and Gerard Depardieu.
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