An original drawing done by Hergé in 1942 that still illustrates the 'Tintin in America' comic book will be auctioned in February.
Estimated at between €2.2 million and €3.2 million, the work will be exhibited in Brussels from 10 to 14 January, prior to the Paris sale, auction house Artcurial said on Wednesday.
On 10 February, the French art and collectibles auction house will unveil the drawing, which graced the cover of the 1942 large-image edition of 'Tintin in America.'
“This large drawing in Indian ink was used again in 1946 for the cover of the colour edition of this album. It is still published on the cover today," said Vinciane De Traux, director of Artcurial Brussels.
"Estimated at between €2.2 million and €3.2 million, it is an exceptional and unique work that has fascinated several generations of readers without losing its modernity,” De Traux added.
'Tintin in America' is the third volume and one of the best-selling books of the series.
Originally featuring in the newspaper 'Le Petit Vingtième,' the Adventures of Tintin series was published in black and white albums from 1932.
In 1942, the Casterman publishing house opted for a full-page colour cover. In 1946, the drawing in question was published on the cover of the first colour edition of 'Tintin in America.'
This is still the current cover.
Tintin fans can view this drawing from 10 to 14 January at Artcurial Brussels.