It’s 26.6 cm x 28.7 cm in size and shows a black and white line drawing of a dejected young man sitting under an aeroplane with a broken propeller while a bandaged dog looks on. It also sold for $1.12m at a Heritage Auctions sale of European comic art in Dallas, Texas at the weekend.

That’s because the drawing is one of the few original magazine cover drawings available in the public domain of the world’s most famous young intrepid reporter, Tintin. It’s also the original drawing used for the first published magazine appearance of Belgian creator Hergé’s beloved character on the February 13 1930 cover of Le Petit Vingtième, the children’s supplement of conservative Belgian newspaper Le Vingtième Siècle...

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