A collection of 300 Smurfs comic strips and personal artefacts from creator Pierre 'Peyo' Culliford will hit the auction block at Artcurial, with many pieces expected to fetch as much as $167,000 (£104,375) each.
The auction marks the first time Culliford's family has put any of his work up for sale. The artist died of a heart attack in 1992.
Eric Leroy of Artcurial tells Reuters, "It was a stroke of genius on Peyo's part to have made the Smurfs blue because everyone - whether they're Chinese or European - can identify with them. The whole world knows the Smurfs from TV, and children think it's an animated show, but the original was a comic strip."