Tintin Page Featuring Blood Drops to be Auctioned in Paris

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Tintin Page Featuring Blood Drops to be Auctioned in Paris

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FILE PHOTO: A Tintin balloon float is seen in Albertine Square during Balloon's Day Parade in Brussels September 6, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Vidal
Paris - Asharq Al-Awsat
An original page of Tintin will be auctioned in Paris on September 18.

The item is an original page created by Hergé for the Tintin album, "The Shooting Star" in 1942. The page features tiny traces of the blood of Hergé, who reportedly had injured himself while drawing.

Although it is more than 70-years-old, the page discusses climate change, a current challenge threatening our planet. It features a street filled with mice because of global warming. The Piasa Auction House has expected the item to fetch 300,000 to 400,000 euros.

Hergé, his real name being Georges Remi (1907-1983), is a Belgian cartoonist and author. He gained his world fame after he published series of children comic albums in 1929. He chose the boy reporter Tintin as a star for his series.

His comic albums have been translated into dozens of languages, and lured adults and children alike. Today, there are Tintin friends associations in many countries and the rare publications of Hergé's books are being sold at international auctions like the paintings of renowned artists.

Another original page from Hergé's same story fetched 200,000 euros at an auction in Paris in 2018. A page from Tintin in America was sold for 1.3 million euros and another from "Explorers on the Moon" for two million euros. The record was set by a 1937 page that was sold in 2014 at an auction organized by the Paris-based Artcurial House.

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