A highlight of the forthcoming sale of comics-related art at Artcurial in Paris must surely be the spacesuited models of Tintin, his loyal companion Snowy and their five metre tall moon rocket…
If you have an interest in Hergé’s Belgian boy detective, and around £70,000, the set could be yours. They are being sold as part of Artcurial’s weekend sale dedicated entirely to comics on May 24 and 25.
Currently on public display in the courtyard of Artcurial’s Paris base, their estimates are between €10,000 and €15,000 for Snowy (or Milou); €13,000 and €20,000 for Tintin; and €30,000 and €50,000 for the replica rocket. Both the suits and rocket appeared in Tintin books Destination Moon (1953) and Explorers on the Moon (1954).
The physical models of Tintin and Snowy originate from the Vancouver Expo in 1986, while the chequered rocket was created for the Seville Expo in 1992 – where the theme was The Age of Discovery.
Commissioned by the Commissioner General for the Belgian government (we assume his job isn’t solely ‘commissioning’ these sorts of things), the moon rocket was made by Résitec, took over 1,000 hours to construct and weighs 250kg.
For more details on the huge array of comic art for sale later this month, see artcurial.com. The auction is split into two parts; the first dedicated to the work of Tintin’s creator, Hergé.