Tintin cover art sells for €2.6m, just missing record for comic-book sale

Hergé’s original artwork for Le Lotus Bleu was rejected as too expensive to reproduce in 1936 and given to editor’s son, who kept it in a drawer for decades

A rejected Tintin cover illustrated by Hergé that was gifted to a child and kept in a drawer for decades has just missed setting a new world record as the most expensive comic book artwork, selling at auction for €2.6m (£2.3m) on Thursday.

Le Lotus Bleu was created in 1936 by the Belgian artist, born Georges Remi, using Indian ink, gouache and watercolour. It had been intended for the eponymous cover of his fifth Tintin title, which sees the boy reporter head to China in order to dismantle an opium trafficking ring.

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