A life-size bronze statue of comic book reporter Tintin and more than 200 other items linked to the diminutive globetrotter have fetched more than euro1 million ($1.3 million) at a Paris auction.
The most expensive lot was two inked and water-painted original panels from the 1938 King Ottokar's Sceptre album, which went for euro243,750 ($299,620).
The bronze statue, showing Tintin with his hands in his pockets and dog Snowy at his side, went for euro125,000 ($153,650) in the Saturday auction at the Drouot-Montaigne auction house. Belgian artist Herge's adventures of Tintin have been translated into nearly 80 languages and sold more than 200 million books since 1929. Racial and cultural stereotypes in books such as "Tintin in the Congo" have prompted criticism, but demand for Tintin artifacts remains strong.