Rare 1932 Tintin cover fetches record price

Updated: Jun 03, 2012, 18:55 PM IST

London: A rare 1932 cover of ‘Tintin in America’, hand-drawn by Belgian writer and illustrator Herge, has fetched a record 1.3 million euros ($1.6 million) at an auction in Paris.

The sale broke the record - set by the same item in 2008 - when it sold for 764,000 euros, BBC reported.

The cover shows Tintin dressed as a cowboy and sitting with his dog Snowy as axe-wielding American Indians creep up on them.

It was bought by a private collector Saturday.

The drawing is one of only five remaining such works by Herge - whose real name was Georges Remi. Herge died in 1983. Only two such works are in private hands.

The sale was part of a larger sale of Tintin memorabilia, including draft sketches of Tintin and a copy of ‘Explorers on the Moon’, signed by the first men to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, and fellow astronaut Michael Collins.