A rare India ink drawing of young reporter Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy has been sold for almost £380,000 (NZ$740,000) at auction in Paris.
The picture from the 1939 comic album King Ottokar’s Sceptre was among items by Hergé, the Belgian artist who created Tintin, to go under the hammer.
An original strip from the book The Shooting Star fetched NZ$500,000.
But a copy of Tintin adventure Destination Moon, signed by US astronauts, failed to find a buyer.
Tintin is one of the most recognisable comic-book characters ever created.
Translated into 90 languages and selling in excess of 200m copies, the cartoons remain popular to this day.