A series of Astro Boy sketches has fetched more than 300,000 dollars at a Paris auction. The beloved robot character was the creation of Japanese manga artist Osamu Tezuka.
The auction house says the work is an original drawing for a page from a comic book published in the 1950s. Its 6 frames show Astro Boy fighting a villain.
The auction house says the work was previously purchased at an exhibition of Tezuka's works in Australia.
It was the main feature at Saturday's auction of comic strips from around the world.
A European collector paid 269,400 euros, or about 322,000 dollars, including the commission.
No further details were given about the buyer, who placed the winning bid by phone.
Astro Boy was first serialized as a manga in 1952. The character later appeared in TV cartoons shown around the world.
Japanese manga are popular in France. But original drawings of world-famous works rarely appear on the European market.