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Tintin items up for auction in Paris

Tintin artwork Image copyright Sotheby's
Image caption Pages from King Ottokar's Sceptre (left) and The Castafiore Emerald will be up for grabs on Saturday

Hundreds of storyboards, drawings and books by Tintin creator Georges Remi - better known as Herge - are to go under the hammer in Paris this weekend.

Sotheby's will put 288 items up for sale on 7 March, around 50 of which are signed by the Belgian cartoonist.

One of the drawings - used on the cover of a 1938 edition of weekly supplement Le Petit Vingtieme - is tipped to fetch as much as 480,000 euros (£350,000).

Tintin made his first appearance in the supplement's pages in 1929.

Other items up for grabs include a storyboarded page from Tintin adventure The Castafiore Emerald, which includes a written dedication to screenwriter and novelist Francois Riviere.

Another is a page from King Ottokar's Sceptre, described as "a cult book" by Sotheby's, whose last panel depicts bumbling detectives Thomson and Thompson travelling by boat to a seaplane.

Ten more Tintin originals will be offered for auction when Christie's holds its own sale of "bande dessinee" - drawn strips - in Paris on 14 March.

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