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Asterix artwork raises 150,000 euros for Charlie Hebdo victims

An original page of artwork from the 1971 comic “Asterix and the Laurel Wreath” went under the hammer in Paris on Saturday for 150,000 euros, with the proceeds going entirely to the families of victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack. The storyboard from the 18th comic in the popular French series will carry a special dedication by co-creator Albert Uderzo while auction house Christie’s said it would waive its commission for the charity sale. Twelve people were killed when two Islamist gunmen stormed the Paris offices of the satirical Charlie Hebdo weekly on January 7, in an attack that shocked France. “Moi aussi je suis un Charlie” (“I’m Charlie too”) says Asterix in one of the cartoons, echoing the “Je Suis Charlie” slogan adopted by people around the world protesting at the attack on freedom of expression.

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