Pop quiz: what’s the most expensive comic ever sold?
If you answered “Action Comics #1 – the first appearance of Superman, duh” then, friend, you would be wrong.
Sure, when it sold on eBay in 2014 for $3,207,852 (£2.2 million), it was widely reported as being the highest price ever achieved for a comic book, dwarfing the figures reached for Amazing Fantasy #15 (Spidey’s debut) and Detective Comics #27 (Batman’s first outing).
But later that same year, Superman’s record fell, to a rather unlikely rival: the quiff-wearing, haddock-bothering young reporter, Tintin.
An American collector paid a whopping $3.7 million (£2.6 million) for a single page of drawings signed by Tintin’s creator, Hergé, when it was sold at auction two years ago.
So instead of rooting around in the loft for old copies of your Marvel and DC favourites, it’s time to scour car boot sales (and French flea markets) for well-preserved, original works by the likes of Euro comic masters Hergé, Edgar P. Jacobs, Philippe Druillet, Hugo Pratt, Jacques Tardi and Nicolas de Crécy.
Don’t know what you’re looking for? We asked Eric Leroy, Director of the Comic Strips Department at auctioneers Artcurial, to take us through some of the big-money lots at next week’s much-anticipated Artcurial auction on April 30.
Like what you see and feeling flush? You can bid here.