Paris-A rare India ink drawing of boy-detective Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy has been sold for almost $500,000 (£380,000) 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 $350,000.

But a copy of Tintin adventure Destination Moon, signed by US astronauts, failed to find a buyer.

Other items by Hergé on sale at the Paris auction included books, sketches and drawings.

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.

Last year a comic strip from the Tintin book Explorers on the Moon sold for a record $1.64m in Paris.

The same year, a rare drawing of Tintin in Shanghai from the book The Blue Lotus sold for $1.2m at auction in Hong Kong.