The Blue Lotus cover draft has sold for 2.6 million euros excluding fees at Artcurial and becomes the most expensive comic book original in the world.
Ddrawn in India ink, watercolor and gouache by Hergé, in 1936, the prodigious cover sketch of the Blue lotus
had not been selected by the publisher of the Adventures of Tintin. Louis Casterman had found it too expensive to reproduce. The drawing will be kept by Jean-Paul Casterman, Louis’s son, before reappearing in 1981, to be the subject of an offset lithograph celebrating the Brussels reunion between Tchang and Hergé. The original will then be loaned by Jean-Paul Casterman to the Musée d’Ixelles in 1988, as part of the tribute exhibition to “Hergé designer”, staged by tintinologists Benoît Peeters and Pierre Sterckx.