Tintin 'Ottokar' first edition to lead Parisian auction

A 1939 first edition copy of Tintin story King Ottokar's Sceptre by Herge is to lead a sale of comic book art at Artcurial in Paris on November 16.

The black and white copy is one of the original 500 printed without an inset, and carries an estimate of $25,500-33,550.

The story was the eighth to feature the character of Tintin, the boy reporter.

Tintin Ottaker Sceptre Artcurial
The first edition of King Ottokar's Sceptre is one of only 500 printed

It first appeared in Le Petite Vingtieme - the children's supplement of Le Vingtieme Seicle, a Belgian newspaper.

It is described as being in mint condition.

A 1944 edition of The Crab with the Golden Claws also features a valuation of $25,500-33,550.

The lot is from the second printing of the book and features a yellow backing. It is significantly rarer than the first edition, which features a red backing.

The story was first serialised in Belgian newspaper Le Soir between 1940 and 1941 - and features the first appearance of Captain Haddock.

The condition is close to mint, with minor wear to the spine.

A 1960 numbered and signed first edition of Tintin in Tibet could make $20,130-26,840.

It comes presented in a box bound in imitation red leather and embossed with a gold portrait of Tintin.

Tintin's enormous popularity around the world has resulted in impressive prices for early editions and original artwork.

In 2012, the original cover art for Tintin in America sold for $1.6m in Paris, achieving a 14% per annum increase on its last record price of $764,218, which was set in 2008.

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