October 30, 2011
Rare original Smurf drawings, covers and comic strips were brought to auction in Paris yesterday for the first time. The rare artworks sold at 50-80 thousand Euros each, but the highlight of the sale, the original sketch of the 1960-published "The Smurfs and the Magic Flute" cover went as far as EUR 100.000 finally. The little blue cartoon characters were created by Belgian artist Peyo (Pierre Culliford), and his originals are quite rare. The auction was accompanied by an exhibition of drawings and personal items of the author and special screenings of the 3D Smurfs movie.