The NFT community is in mourning this week after receiving the devastating news that pioneering NFT artist ‘Alotta Money’ has passed away just days before his 50th birthday.

Originally from France, Phillipe was a true digital architect, constructing a successful career from making and distributed his distinct art style in NFT format. Often his 1/1 pieces would sell for tens of thousands of dollars in Ethereum and he was beloved by both artists and collectors.

He described himself as “a Crypto Artist, Voxels architect, Photoshop Priest, VR&AR Maximalist, NFT Machine & Most Humble Visual Orgasm Provider in the Space.”

His NFT artwork was often chaotic and otherworldly with animations that included incredible attention to detail.

NFT artist Pak took to Twitter to share his grief with his 350,000 followers.

Alotta Money spoke to Arty NFT last year and told them he had always been drawing and creating as far as he could remember with his first digital artwork being created on a Commodore64 when he was 11.

He had expressed his want for more art-loving collectors to be involved in NFTs  saying “I’m honoured when I’m part of their collections.”

Cancer Diagnosis

Alotta Money had taken to Twitter earlier in the year to talk to his fans about a cancer diagnosis during Christmas 2021 and also catching Covid but “Omicron was just a little bitch with an attitude.” The cause of death is still yet to be confirmed.

Friend and fellow NFT artist Trevor Jones is hosting a Twitter Space on Monday March 7th at 2pm PT/10 pm GMT to celebrate the life of one of the greatest NFT artists to ever do it. “Let’s get together to tell Alotta stories, chat about his brilliant humour and NFTs, and to laugh and likely to cry” said Jones. 

Set a reminder for the Alotta Money upcoming Space here. 

Jungle Freaks by Trolsey Racism

OpenSea is being put under pressure to remove popular collection ‘Jungle Freaks by Trolsey‘ due to past racist cartoons created by artist George Trosley surfacing.

The project’s floor has gone from 1.3 ETH to 0.4 ETH in a matter of 24 hours and unsuspecting NFT collectors are grabbing them convinced they are picking up a bargain.

The movement was sparked by a tweet from Elijah Wood, best known for his portrayal of Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

He tweeted last night that he had sold his Jungle Freaks due to Trosley’s prior disturbing cartoons, writing that he “wholly denounced any form of racism.”

 

We researched some of the cartoons from the 1970’s and will not republish the disgusting and undeniable racism they promote directly on our website. However, if you insist on seeing them for yourself you can find a link to a selection here.

Trolsey’s son took to Twitter to defend his father with the following statement

 

 

There is also questionable artwork on the characters of his current Jungle Freak collection, with some of them donning a Nazi hat. You can view that here.

Jungle Freaks is a collection by George Trosley on the Ethereum blockchain.

He describes the project as – The year is 2077, humanity is gone and the zombies have overrun the cities and seized a lot of the military stockpiles. However, they didn’t count on the genetically enhanced ferocity and cunning traits of the gorilla regime. The Gorilla oasis stronghold is under attack but they will never surrender.

OpenSea has yet to comment on the matter but when they do you will hear it here first.

cybergod 66

As sales reach new records on OpenSea this month, it is being spearheaded by community avatar collections.

However, this exceptional NFT Artwork project called CyberGods had gone under the radar but is now being picked up by big collector accounts, including legendary boxer Mike Tyson who owns #66 of the collection.

There is only 100 available and the artist, going by the alias ‘Faulty Creator’ has chosen to remain anonymous.

The only description given is as follows;

CyberGods are 1/1 limited edition portrait pieces that exhibit fantasy and superpower-like characteristics. There is a capped total of 100 CyberGods to collect.

This is quite simply one of the best looking avatar projects on OpenSea, and the scarcity gives it a very elite feel.

The organic approach of letting people discover the work and it speaking for itself is refreshing. The floor currently stands at 05.ETH (£1,100).

OpenSea Avatar Sales

OpenSea has now generated over $1.8 billion in sales volume in August. Moreover, the NFT marketplaces trading volume has increased by 640% in the last month with all-time volume now standing at $2.7 billion according to data from DappRadar.

CryptoPunks is still the most daily traded NFT asset in Ethereum and people are searching for next big avatar project. Other avatar collections such as Bored Ape Yacht Club, Meebits, and Pudgy Penguins have surged and show no sign of slowing down.

Mike Tyson NFT Buyer and Collector

Mike Tyson not only collects NFTs but has been releasing his own collection of NFT Artwork this month in partnership with Cory Van Lew. Including

The Ultimate Mike Tyson 1-of-1 NFT

The Lifetime Collection – 10 original NFTs

The Knockout Series – 5 original NFTs

The Baddest Man on the Planet – single collector’s edition NFT with 250 editions

In addition to The Baddest Man on the Planet, individual pieces in the Mike Tyson NFT Collection include The Bite featured Evander Holyfield (seen below).

Mike Tyson NFT Artwork

Other big OpenSea whale accounts such as MintyFresh and bri_c have picked up a CyberGod, making the future for this artwork collection look extremely promising. View on OpenSea here.

A full set of Curio Cards, founded in 2017 and the first NFT art on mainnet Ethereum is to be auctioned at Christie’s Auction House in London on October 1st 2021.

CryptoPunks is widely believed to be the NFT OG’s, however it has recently been established that Curio Cards is in fact the oldest known example on Ethereum of what is now called NFT Artwork.

The collection is made up of 30 stamp like cards, each having different mint numbers, and therefore some being rarer than others. Collectors will have the chance to own a full set when the hammer comes down on October 1st and it will also include 17b, a misprint secret rare card.

Full set of Curio Cards NFTs

Full set of Curio Cards

30 unique series of cards, they are referenced with CryptoPunks and CryptoKitties in the original ERC-721 Non-Fungible Token Standard, and pre-dates them both. Noah Davis, Christie’s NFT expert and staff member, took to Twitter to announce the news of an auction last night.

Although a formal announcement by Christie’s is yet to be made, this didn’t stop a flurry of buys on OpenSea resulting in a +1269% increase in sales in the past 12 hours. The floor for a Curio Card went from $850 to $4000 in a matter of hours. Noah also added there will be a physical Curio Card Christie’s exhibition in the seven days leading up to the sale.

Future by Phneep. Represents art moving into the digital space – 1400 in circulation and will appear on a digital screen at Christie’s.

Curio Cards pre-date modern NFT standards and do not conform to current OpenSea technology so they were recently modified. A wrapper was developed that lets users take their ERC-20 Curio Cards and “wrap” them inside an ERC-1155 token contract, for use on modern NFT marketplaces.

Curio Card Moderator BrianMCT also took to the official Curio Cards Discord to confirm the news to a community of excited current card holders.

The 30 cards were designed by seven artists and only a 1% artist royalty fee is added to any card sale. 100% of this royalty is split equally between the original artists.

Famous NFT hype man Gary Vaynerchuk from VaynerMedia also took to Twitter and Discord to announce his excitement for the auction. Tweeting “FUN!” and hinting he is holding card number 29, that has a current value of 290ETH ($965,000).

 

 

Gary Vee hinted he holds one of only 26 of these cards in current circulation.

 

There has been 328k sales of CryptoPunks but only 9k sales of CurioCards. This shows the potential growth factor of this original NFT project and investors are scrambling to own a Curio Card as you read this.

We look forward to October 1st and will be watching this project very closely, don’t forget to subscribe at the bottom of this page to stay up-to-date as it unfolds.

 

Marvel Comic #1 NFT

August continues to offer many firsts for the NFT collaboration between Marvel Entertainment and the VeVe Digital Collectibles App as a part of “Marvel Month.”

This month fans saw the release of Spider-Man, the first-ever Marvel NFT with all 60,500 units quickly gobbled up in just 24 hours and a Captain America drop also selling out.

This week, fans can purchase fully-readable Marvel digital comics through the VeVe platform for the first time with the introduction of some of Marvel’s most historic comic book issues including #1.

That’s right! Buyers have the chance to get their hands on the first ever Marvel comic in NFT format and that is quite simply mouthwatering for any NFT collector! 🤤

These Marvel digital comics will feature up to five cover variants, each of which is associated with a different rarity (Common, Uncommon, Rare, Ultra Rare and Secret Rare). After purchasing a comic, VeVe’s built-in E-Reader will allow fans to read the digital comic in full as soon as it hits their Collection.

Below is a look at the first three comics coming this week through the Marvel collaboration with pictures of the highly valuable ‘secret rare’ of each edition.

  • MARVEL COMICS #1 (1939)  The first Marvel comic book ever released features the first appearances of the original Human Torch and Namor, the Sub-Mariner, will be available with five variant covers in blind box format for $6.99.

Drop Date: 19 August 2021, 8AM PT
List Price: 6.99
License: Marvel
Published: 1939
Cover Variants: 5
Total Editions: 60,000
Classic Cover – Common: 48,000
Vintage Variant – Uncommon: 6,000
Hero Variant – Rare: 3,000
Vibranium Variant – Ultra Rare: 2,400
True Believer Variant – Secret Rare: 600

Secret Rare will only have 600 editions minted.

  • Journey Into Mystery #85 (1962) – One of the most popular Marvel Comics ever, it features the first appearance of Loki, Heimdall and Asgard!

Drop Date: 20 August 2021, 8AM PT

List Price: 6.99

License: Marvel

Published: 1952

Cover Variants: 5

Total Editions: 50,000

Classic Cover – Common: 40,000

Vintage Variant – Uncommon: 5,000

Hero Variant – Rare: 2,500

Vibranium Variant – Ultra Rare: 2,000

True Believer Variant – Secret Rare: 500

  • Fantastic Four #1 (1961)  This marks the first appearance of the Fantastic Four!

Drop Date: 21 August 2021, 8AM PT

List Price: 6.99

License: Marvel

Published: 1961

Cover Variants: 5

Total Editions: 60,000

Classic Cover – Common: 48,000

Vintage Variant – Uncommon: 6,000

Hero Variant – Rare: 3,000

Vibranium Variant – Ultra Rare: 2,400

True Believer Variant – Secret Rare: 600

 

VeVe has recently moved to a blind box format, this means when you buy a comic you are given one of the rarities at random.

So what are the odds on landing a secret rare you ask? Here are the bookmaker odds.

100 -1 

Better get myself 100 boxes then 🤞

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A new and exciting NFT project is finally being launched today after being ‘dogged’ with delays.

JunkYard Dogs is a new NFT collection that offers club like memberships and utilities similar to Bored Ape Yacht Club.

Unlike many other avatar projects that have flooded the NFT market in recent months, what makes these dogs special is the fact they are animated.

Tonight at 12pm (midnight) UK time, 1888 JunkYard Dogs will be released for 0.08 Ethereum each and can be minted via their website here using a Metamask wallet.

JunkYard Dogs CEO ‘JunkYardSloth’ said

We decided to do a small 1st drop with a 1 dog per txn limit. It is our way of growing our community organically and letting people who are pumped for the project know that you are the REAL OGs. The first 808 dogs minted will receive a FREE BONE NFT with future utility.

After the initial drop of 1888 dogs, more will be released with a total of 8008 Pedigree Chums hitting the market over the coming weeks.

Some of the upcoming features on this project include

  • Full rarity trait checker on website
  • Liquidity pool
  • Easter eggs and upgrades
  • Breeding program in intergalactic lab
  • Junkyard games room
  • Voting on dog charities to receive a percentage of future royalties
  • Dog day events

Although no details of an actual game has been released, the team seem ambitious and have dropped hints of breeding programmes that sound similar to NFT juggernaut Axie Infinity.

This first drop is likely to sell out and will be hard to land. It is important you use a fast MetaMask minting process, you can check out our guide on that and how to save money here.

 

Marvel is celebrating a successful launch of its first NFT project today after selling out over 60,000 Spider-Man NFTs on the VeVe marketplace.

They officially unveiled five different variants of Spider-Man digital collectibles as part of the collaboration’s first drop, including 3D and animated statues. For the first time, fans were able to purchase and interact with official Marvel NFT digital collectibles through mixed reality AR on VeVe’s groundbreaking app platform.

Marvel Vice President & Creative Executive Ryan Penagos enthused that “Spider-Man is the greatest fictional character of all time” and buying one of his NFTs gave fans “a chance to own a piece of history”.

The drop consisted of five different rarities, in various limited quantities and prices. Both the Secret Rare and Ultra Rare variations sold out in only two seconds.

 

Common Spider-Man | Price: $40.00 – Quantity: 32,000

Uncommon Spider-Man | Price: $50.00– Quantity: 16,000

Rare Spider-Man  | Price: $100.00 – Quantity: 9,000

Ultra-Rare Spider-Man – Animated | Price: $250.00 – Quantity: 2,500

Secret-Rare Spider-Man – Ultimate Animated | Price: $400.00 – Quantity: 1,000

 

The VeVe marketplace is an App you can download on both Andorid and IOS. The App gives you the opportunity to display your collectable in AR reality. You can also create virtual showrooms on your phone or tablet and physically walk through them.

 

“It is very exciting to see our collaboration with Marvel finally come to fruition,” said David Yu, Co-Founder & CEO, VeVe. “We cannot wait to offer fans unique ways to collect their favourite Marvel Super Heroes and memorabilia in digital form.

If you missed out on the drop, VeVe has a very active ‘second marketplace’ on the app where users that were lucky enough to land the drop can sell to other users at a premium. At the time or writing, the secret rare animated Spider-Man floor is currently $2800 and the ultra rare $800.

The launch of Spider-Man last weekend kicks off a larger initiative to celebrate ‘Marvel Month’ on the VeVe App. Fans can look forward to collecting new Marvel digital products in August, featuring Marvel Comics #1 and Marvel Mightys collectibles.

Spider-Man NFT Hanging

Credit @dariopalacio Twitter.

 

Credit @PvdOost – Twittter

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Popular NFT app VeVe has sensationally announced a new partnership with comic-book royalty Marvel.

VeVe CEO Dan Crothers took to the internet to announce to his 200,000 app userbase that they are delighted to sign this historic deal.

VeVe already has the licence to sell NFTs for the the likes of DC, Back to the Future and Ghostbusters, grossing a cool 40 million in revenue in the first six months of this year.

They will now be adding the likes of Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, Wolverine, Thor and Hulk to their NFT inventory.

Marvel entertainment president Dan Buckley said VeVe was chosen as a partner because it understands collecting is about the experience “just as much as the product”. Soon fans will be able to purchase and interact with official Marvel NFT digital collectibles, 3D statues, and digital comic books through mixed reality on VeVe’s groundbreaking app platform.

The brains behind VeVe is Alfred Kahn – licensing hall of famer responsible for more than $25 Billion in retail revenue including Pokemon. An expert in licensing, branding, digital media and marketing, Alfred plays an integral role in securing licenses for the VeVe platform, as well as developing and implementing marketing and branding strategies to an international audience. He has been busy trying to secure this deal for VeVe since March, when he told collectors on the platform he was working on a “game-changing NFT Licence.”

Each series sold on the app has four characters that includes a Ultra Rare, Rare, Uncommon and Common.

Once you own an NFT you can display them in augmented reality on your phone and create and customise virtual showrooms to showcase your digital collectibles and share this experience with other collectors around the world.

Іn 2009, Marvel was purchased by Тhе Wаlt Dіѕnеу Соmраnу’ fоr $4.24 bіllіоn. Ѕо, рrеѕеntlу іt іѕ knоwn аѕ thе ѕubѕіdіаrу оf Тhе Wаlt Dіѕnеу Соmраnу. Іt hаѕ аlmоѕt 15 ѕubѕіdіаrу соmраnіеѕ thаt рrоduсе muѕіс, hоmе vіdео, fіlmѕ, vіdео gаmеѕ, соmісѕ, bооkѕ, аnіmаtіоnѕ, аnd tеlеvіѕіоn.

The top five highest-grossing superhero films of all time have all been produced by Marvel Studios, within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and includes the four Avengers films (The Avengers, Age of Ultron, Infinity War, and Endgame) and Black Panther.

There is no doubt that the announcement of Marvel NFTs will excite the collector purists and with a solid tried-and-tested base like VeVe delivering the products, we cannot wait!

Givenchy Beauty NFT Pride on wall

Luxury fashion brand Givenchy made a move into the NFT space this week and created a beautiful 2D animated NFT Artwork to celebrate the LGBTQIA community.

The house teamed with gallerist and LGBTQIA supporter Amar Singh and artists from the Rewind Collective for the project that was sold on the very popular NFT collectables app VeVe.

 

The drop took place on June 21st and 1952 editions each listed at £100 sold out in two seconds.

All profits have been donated to Le MAG Jeunes (or Mouvement d’Affirmation des Jeunes Gais, Lesbiennes, Bi et Trans) for people age 15 to 30.

The series of portraits that appear in the artwork were photographed by Givenchy and reworked to capture moments of intimacy, strength and diversity. The work champions those who have stood up for identity, sexuality and human rights.

A spokesperson for Givenchy said about the artwork –

“we have reflected on Givenchy Beauty’s place at the forefront of inclusivity, creating a digital artwork that recognizes the LGBTQIA community”

Givenchy was 2020’s fastest-growing luxury brand with its value growing an impressive 74% to US$2.0 billion and is currently recognised as the 26th biggest luxury brand in the world by brandirectory.com

Givenchy is endorsed by the likes of the Kardashians and Elon Musk who wore a $4000 Givenchy suit on his latest SNL appearance. The Tesla and SpaceX entrepreneur, 49, wore the luxury’s label’s wool blazer with silver padlock closure ($3,135), along with matching pants ($840), opting for a black T-shirt underneath instead of a traditional button-down and tie.

This is one of the hottest NFT drops of the summer and you even though it is sold out, you can still get your hands on one in the VeVe app marketplace, second sales currently stand at approximately £250.

Beeple has announced his return with a new 2021 Spring Collection that will be dropping exclusively on Nifty Gateway over the coming weekend (April 30th to May 2nd).

If you have just $1 – you could possibly own one of the most valuable pieces of artwork to drop this year.

Beeple took to Twitter to let his fans know one drop would be a raffle and quiz system.

However more raffle dates has now been added!

 

 

The date / time for Beeple raffles are as follows….

Raffle confirmed 30th of April, 7pm EST (includes quiz)

Raffle confirmed 30th of April, 8pm EST

Raffle confirmed May 1st 6pm EST (includes quiz)

Raffle confirmed May 2nd 4pm EST

Nifty Gateway accounts will be limited to buy just one ticket as part of the drawing and you will require a validated account.

Spring Collection Schedule

The full Spring Collection schedule can be seen below.

About Beeple

Mike Winkelmann is a 39 year old digital artist with a wife and two children living in South Carolina.

his visionary and digital pictures have propelled him to the top of the digital art world, winning him over two million followers on Instagram and high-profile collaborations with global brands ranging from Louis Vuitton to Nike, as well as performing artists such as Katy Perry and Childish Gambino.

His outspoken take on the hot topics that dominate mainstream media seem to resonate with young and new art collectors. His opinionated pieces have proven that he’s got his finger firmly on the pulse of not just the digital art world, but current world events.

His NFT Artwork ‘Everydays: The First 5000 Days‘ was the first digital collectible to be auctioned at Christies and fetched a jaw dropping 69 million dollars in the process.

With so many editions up for grabs and a $1 dollar lottery buy in, more records will be smashed in what is going to be a Beeple-Fest weekend in the NFT space.

Very exciting and we wish all our readers massive amounts of GOOD LUCK 🤞