The work had been the property of Jean-Paul Casterman a member of the family whose publishing house publishes the Tintin albums in Belgium. Mr Casterman was given the panting by Hergé when he was just 7-years-old. It was inspired by by a picture of Chinese American actress Anna May Wong. The piece will be auctioned in Paris on November 21st. It is currently on display at the Brussels auction house Artcurial.