Since its creation in 2005, the Comic Strips department has become the world leader in this speciality and is committed to offering works that reflect the entire universe of the “neuvième art”: original plates, illustrations, albums or rare items.
Exceptional results punctuate auctions organised by this department, headed by Éric Leroy, notably the records reached for works by Hergé during the sales entitled The World of Hergé, Tintin’s creator. In 2021, Artcurial broke the world record for a work by Hergé sold at auction with the illustration of The Lotus Bleu, which was sold for €3.2m. In 2023, Artcurial set the world record for an original black and white drawing by Hergé with the auction of the cover design for Tintin in America at €2.1m.
In order to promote comic strips to international enthusiasts interested in graphic arts and European culture, two sales were held in Hong Kong in 2015 and 2016. The department has also contributed to the international development of this market, notably with Enki Bilal’s Inbox installation at the Cini Foundation during the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. In 2016, Enki Bilal presented the Inbox Hybridization [in love] series of paintings at the prestigious Chanel Nexus Hall in Tokyo in partnership with Chanel’s Japanese subsidiary. In 2022, the department presented a sale dedicated to the artist in Monaco, which achieved impressive results.
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On 10th February, Artcurial auctioned Hergé’s original drawing for the 1942 cover of the album Tintin in America. This cover was used in 1946 for the first colour edition of the album. After a bidding battle, it was sold for €2,1M, a new world record for an original black and white drawing by Hergé.
For its legendary Monaco Auction Week in Monte Carlo, which took place from 15th to 21st July, Artcurial brought the week's sales at the Hôtel Hermitage to a magnificent close, dedicated to Jewellery, Watches, Hermès & Luxury Bags, Comic Strips and Monaco Sculptures. Numerous records were set and attracting international collectors.
Artcurial beats the world record for an original comic book board with The Blue Lotus by Hergé! On Thursday 14th January, Artcurial offered this exceptional work at auction, never seen before on the market: the project by Hergé for the cover of the original edition of The Blue Lotus, a 1936 album of Tintin. The work was sold for €3.2 M, also becoming Hergé’s new world record.
The charity sale for the benefit of the Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris - Hôpitaux de France totalled €390,000 on 26 May.
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