France: Nazi-era original 'Tintin' cartoon expected to fetch €150k at auction

A newspaper cover where 'The Adventures of Tintin' was first serialised, featuring a satire of Hitler's Anschluss of Austria [Annexation of Austria] prior to the onset of WWII, is expected to go for €150,000 ($168,000) and above at auction in Paris. Displayed this week at the Artcurial Auction House, the piece comes from the eighth volume of the Tintin series, known as «King Ottokar's Sceptre,» and was originally commissioned by the Belgian newspaper Le Vingtieme Siecle. «It is a cover of the newspaper in which Tintin used to write every Thursday, so it is not just anything, and most of the 'Petit Vingtieme' [weekly newspaper youth supplement] covers were, they were thrown away in the rubbish in the 30's,» said Eric Leroy, an expert who works for Artcurial. Leroy said the artwork from that time were usually «not preserved,» and called the pieces «very rare.» An Asterix and Obelix piece is also up under the hammer for an expected €25,000 ($28,000). The cartoon, along with several others, was on display this week at Artcurial's location in Paris. The original auction was planned for March but had been postponed due to coronavirus.
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