Asterix creator leaves drawings to hospitals

Agence France-Presse | Published: 23:09, May 29,2020


Albert Uderzo

Four original drawings by the creator of Asterix the Gaul sold recently for nearly 400,000 euros to benefit Paris hospitals.

Albert Uderzo, who invented the plucky hero who gleefully took on Roman legions, died from heart failure linked to the coronavirus in March at the age of 92.

His widow Ada said the charity auction was a way of thanking ‘our new heroes who have resisted the invader,’ a reference to the virus that has killed more than 28,000 people in France.

The four original cartoons sold for 390,000 euros ($426,000), the auction house Artcurial told AFP.

Uderzo co-created Asterix with scriptwriter Rene Goscinny and kept the epic going after his friend’s untimely death in 1977.

He went on to create an entire gallery of characters beloved of children and adults across the world.

The drawings -- which included images from the relatively recent adventures, ‘Asterix and the Secret Weapon’ and ‘Asterix and Obelix All At Sea’ -- were donated to the Paris hospitals trust by the artist’s widow and daughter.

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