Old Tintin albums fetch thousands of euros

At an auction in Elsene (Brussels) on Sunday, a copy of "Tintin in the Land of the Soviets" with the original signature of Hergé, fetched 15,000 euros. The albums created by the Belgian comic strip author Hergé also attracted the interest of buyers from abroad.

The auction was held by the auction house Banque Dessinée. The first colour edition of "The Broken Ear", dating back to 1943 and written in French, fetched the highest price. Experts had expected 8,000 to 10,000 euros, but the album was eventually sold for 17,400 euros.

Besides "Tintin in the Land of the Soviets" and "The Broken Ear", "The Black Island" was another album by Hergé which made more than 10,000 euros. The expected price of 8,000 to 10,000 euros was exceeded substantially, with the album being auctioned for 12,000 euros.

A number of comic strip lovers from abroad made live bids by telephone. They preferred not to have their identity revealed.