20 minutes – Disappointing world record for a board by Franquin


The auction broke records with comic strips signed by André Franquin, Marcel Gottlieb and Hergé

“The pirogue” did not reach the expected heights.Artcurial

A plate by Belgian author André Franquin (Spirou), entitled “La pirogue”, went up for auction at 337,600 euros (around 359,000 francs), Saturday in Paris, a “world record” but below of its estimate, announced the Artcurial house in a press release.

Estimated between 350,000 and 450,000 euros, this drawing (37.5 cm x 28.5 cm) in Indian ink was made for the cover of the 49th album of the Journal de Spirou, published in April 1954. On can see the Marsupilami, this enigmatic and mischievous animal from the imagination of Franquin, hanging on a liana, spying on Spirou and Fantasio who went looking for him on a pirogue in the heart of the virgin forest of Palombie.

This board, which “broke a new world record at auction for a board by Franquin”, was the highlight of this session devoted to big names in comics, with more than 300 lots on offer. The sale totaled 1.4 million euros (costs included).

Hergé, Morris and Sempé

Among these lots, a poetic plate with four hands imagined by Franquin and Gotlib and drawn by Franquin, taken from Tome 1 of Idées Noires, album of black humor and social satire (1981), changed hands to 117,000 euros, beyond its estimate. An illustration (22 X 22 cm) signed Hergé du Scepter d’Ottokar, eighth album of Tintin’s adventures, was sold for 306,600 euros.


Another drawing by Hergé Studios, “The Black Island”, created the surprise, the hammer falling to 39,000 euros, or 39 times its estimate. A color illustration (37 x 55 cm) of the legendary Lucky Luke and Jolly Jumper by the Belgian Morris, doubled its estimate to 10,700 euros, while the famous French humorist Jean-Jacques Sempé “Has there been he a doctor in the room? “, on the dangers of the acting profession (1964), was acquired for 18,200 euros.

The sale also highlighted the cosmic universe of Valérian by Jean-Claude Mézières, whose gouache and Indian ink for the cover of “L’orphelin des astres” was sold for 45,500 euros. On the other hand, a gouache by Albert Uderzo, disappeared during confinement, showing Asterix and Obelix, produced for the cover of the coloring album Punch, published in 1966, did not find a taker.


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