Hergé’s 1932 design for the cover of Tintin en Amérique sold at Euros650,000 (£508,000) at Artcurial Paris on March 29.

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In excellent condition, this is one of only five gouache designs by Hergé for Tintin book covers and it sold at Euro650,000 (£508,000).
Sale expert Eric Leroy praised the work's modernity and hypnotic appeal, while self-styled 'Tintinologist' Pierre Sterckx told Le Figaro that it was "as inventive as Miró, the red scarf sounds a clarion-call amidst the colour harmony... You can tell Hergé was one of the leading artists of his era, a unique link between comic strips and contemporary art."