The Ink that dreams are made of, 3: On the wings of Hergé and Tintin

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The prices fetched at auction for the relics of Hergé’s Tintin can seem outlandish, even with the comic book’s international renown. But one of the admirable effects of this hyper-valuation is that it has lifted the esteem of the entire field of what Hergé referred to, in his last, unfinished Tintin adventure, as the “alpha-art” or half-art. Everybody wins. So even if one is not quite ready to fork out between $900,000 and $1.4 million for the 13 1/2 x 28 3/8 original ink and paper drawing for the artist’s 1979 fresco decorating the staircase of the Wallonie-Bruxelles Cultural Center in Paris (reuniting every protagonist of the saga), the pre-sale estimate from Artcurial (which has singularly carved out a name for itself as the leading auction house for comic art) for its October 3 sale in Hong Kong, one can only applaud the heightened encadrement Hergé has brought to his field. Copyright Hergé / Moulinsart 2016 and courtesy Artcurial. — Paul Ben-Itzak

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