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'Tintin in America' cover illustration by Herge sells for $1.6 million at auction

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A visitor looks at a Tintin cartoon exhibit at the Pompidou Cultural Center in Paris, France, in 2006.



A rare 1932 cover illustration of 'Tintin in America' by Herge, the artist who dreamed up the boy reporter, fetched a record $1.6 million at an auction in Paris.

Tintin books have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 77 languages. Last year, Steven Spielberg brought Tintin to the silver screen with the computer animated film, "The Adventures of Tintin."

Tintin's appeal has been enduring for the better part of a century. In 1929, he first set out to "The Land of the Soviets" where he uncovered fake factories and bravely protected farmers from soldiers who came and stole their wheat.

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When not dabbling in politics, the journalist sets off on high adventures, finding mysterious meteors that crashed at sea, or discovering Inca treasures in the Andes. He even finds time to fly to the moon, fighting mad scientists and shaven goons along the way.

He fought Nazi-like regimes in stories that seemed based on Hitler's real-life takeover of Austria and Czechoslovakia.

In Europe, generations grew up on Tintin - the simple, yet unpredictable, storylines, the easy distinction between good and evil and the guaranteed thrill on every page. And all was captured with vivid colors and exotic landscapes.

Contributing: CBS NEWS

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