An original advertising poster for the Tintin series by Herge is to lead a dedicated sale of his work at Christie's Paris.
The piece, which dates to 1944, is valued at $738,136-794,195 ahead of the March 14 sale.
The first Tintin stories appear in the Belgian supplement Le Petit Vingtieme
It advertises the first 11 books, which are shown in miniature. Herge (1907-1983) was living back in his native Belgium at the time.
He left for France at the outset of war but returned soon afterwards. Le Petit Vingtieme, his former employer, had been shut down and so he began work at another paper (Le Soir) that was operated under Nazi control.
During this period, the more political elements of the cartoon were dispensed with entirely and Tintin took on the role of an explorer.
The cover art for the 1978 version of The Blue Lotus is also on offer, with a valuation of $397,458-454,237.
The story is among the most critically acclaimed of Herge's works and is described in various sources as a masterpiece. This is largely due to its superior storytelling.
The original cover of Le Petit Vingtieme's 10th anniversary issue is valued at $509,980-543,979 ahead of another sale at Christie's Paris on March 7.
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