Four original drawings by the creator of Asterix the Gaul were sold on Tuesday for almost 400,000 euros to help the Parisian hospitals.
Albert Uderzo, who invented the brave hero who happily battled Roman legions, died in March at the age of 92 from heart failure related to the corona virus.
His widow Ada said the charity auction was thanks to "our new heroes who resisted the intruder", a reference to the virus that killed more than 28,000 people in France.
The four original cartoons were sold for 390,000 euros, said the auction house Artcurial AFP.
Uderzo created Asterix with screenwriter Rene Goscinny and kept the epic going after his friend's early death in 1977.
He created an entire gallery of characters loved by children and adults around the world.
The drawings – which included images from the recent adventures "Asterix and the Secret Weapon" and "Asterix and Obelix All At Sea" – were donated to the trust of the Parisian hospitals by the artist's widow and daughter.
Ada Uderzo and her daughter Sylvie "wanted to pay tribute to the French hospital staff together with the whole nation" for their work during the pandemic, the auction house said.
Worldwide, more than 380 million Asterix books have been sold in 111 languages. Films, television series, video games and a French theme park are dedicated to comics and their characters.
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