Tintin may be no stranger to long journeys, but he and his friends are set to find new homes all over the world after an auction of memorabilia in Paris set to take place on Friday and Saturday (June 7-8).
Artcurial auction house in the French capital will offer cartoon buffs the chance to pick up first edition albums, original sketches and toys themed around the whole gang of characters created by Belgian cartoonist Herge.
Before Herge's death drew the series to a close in 1983, Tintin had overcome the rocky history of the twentieth century to make trips to a vast range of real and imaginary countries since his creation in 1929, often accompanied by iconic pals Snowy the dog and Captain Haddock.
The auctioneers' comic book expert Eric Leroy said that collectors had reason to be nostalgic for earlier editions such as those on sale.
Unusual finds for intrepid explorers of the collection include a first edition of 1954's 'Explorers on the Moon' signed by a range of U.S. astronauts including Buzz Aldrin, as well as a selection of Christmas cards decorated with Tintin and Snowy having fun in the winter weather -- not the only time the latter found himself in particularly apt circumstances.
Buyers hoping to give snowy Snowy a warm home are expected to dig deep, with the sketch from 'Tintin in Tibet' expected to fetch up to 160,000 euros.
Keen adventurers will have the chance to fill their rucksacks and trunks with their inspiration at the sales set to take place in four groups at the end of the week -- although it was not indicated how well the objects would travel by space rocket.
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