The First 500 Days NFT Artwork by Beeple

Everydays: The First 5000 Days by Beeple has shocked the world today with the final bid recorded at $69 million.

The NFT digital artwork has been the subject of several ‘firsts’ – the first NFT to be sold at auction by the iconic Christie’s, as well as one of the most expensive pieces of digital art ever.

Created over 5,000 days, this monumental collage is the first purely digital artwork ever offered at Christie’s. It was offered as a single lot auction sale from 25 February to 11 March.

After a flurry of more than 180 bids in the final hour, it’s final sale was $69.3 million with fees.

It has become one of the most expensive pieces of digital art ever created, and makes Beeple one of the most valuable living artists in the world.

The Artwork

The story behind this piece is simple but extensive. Beeple posted a new work of art online. He did the same thing the next day and the next, and the next one after that, creating and posting a brand-new digital picture, or ‘everyday’ as he called it, every single day for 13 and a half years.

It was all collated for this piece and became the most talked about and desired NFT ever created. Christie’s described the artwork as “one of the most unique bodies of work to emerge in the history of digital art”.

The Artist

Beeple (Mike Winkelmann) (born June 20, 1981), is an American digital artist and graphic designer.

A lot of Winkelmann’s work features popular Disney characters in futuristic/dystopian settings and situations. In December of 2019, he posted a short animation of a robot dog with a Baby Yoda head eating the entrails of babies on Instagram, titled ‘Stray Baby Yoda Dogs.”

The artist’s style is almost a modern take on political cartoons, but instead of sketching in the traditional method of cartoonists, he is using advanced digital tools to comment on current events, as and when they happen.

Winkelmann uses Cinema 4D for most of his digital artwork. He has sorted his Everydays by rounds, each round is a collection of the work created within a certain period of time and medium.

This feels like a monumental day in the world of NFT, in an industry that has exploded so quickly – it is showing no sign of slowing down. 

More on this story to follow…

jack-dorsey-NFT

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey has entered the NFT marketplace.

Well of course he has!! This is Jack Dorsey we’re talking about.

His debut NFT will be the first tweet he ever made.

I just searched for it online, it would be rude not to embed it… I’m actually astounded it only has 153k likes at time of writing, The Rock gets more love for protein shakes!

That being said, without further ado

 

 

just setting up my twttr

This is actually quite an amazing moment. When you consider he probably tweeted this deep in a social media rabbit hole 2006. He couldn’t of predicted one day the POTUS would be escalating riots on it.

By putting it on the blockchain as an NFT it’s already had a bid of 2.5 million dollars! Mark Zukerberg will be turning in his robot charging machine.

Dorsey’s latest move follows past efforts in the cryptocurrency hemisphere,  particularly bitcoin. In February, Mr Twitter announced a bitcoin development fund with billionaire rapper Jay-Z. Prior to that Dorsey’s other company, ‘Square’ purchased 4,709 bitcoins in October (the equivalent of $50 million at the time).

The auction is due to end march 21st, 2021, so we will await the results. Jack has stated he will give all the money to charity.

Well of course he will!! This is Jack Dorsey we’re talking about.

Steve Aoki NFT Artwork

World famous DJ Steve Aoki crashed the NFT marketplace today when he dropped details of his first edition of NFTs. A true renaissance man, Steve Aoki is also a fashion designer, author, entrepreneur and now one of NFTs hottest new artists.

In collaboration with Antoni Tudisco, Aoki named the project ‘Dreamcatcher’ and released some of the most jaw dropping designs we are yet to see on Nifty Gateway.

This resulted in the site crashing for over an hour as NFT enthusiasts scrambled to the website to get the first glimpse.

One of our favourite are these funky whales swimming through the sky.

The quality of this NFT Artwork is outstanding and much credit should go to creative director & 3D visual artist Antoni Tudisco who collaborated on the project. Born & raised in Hamburg, Germany, Tudisco grew up studying media management, web design & development programming.

Tudisco with his surreal and colorful style is an emerging talent who has garnered the attention of artists like Will Smith, Pop Smoke & Swae Lee commissioning work with him.

Go check out the rest of the collection here

Top-Shot-NFT

NBA Top Shot is using NFT technology to sell Basketball “moments”. This is very much like the trading of Basketball Cards, except the cards are digital and their is an active marketplace that is currently trading and it is backed by the NBA and its players.

Created by Dapper Labs, NBA Top Shot  has received a lot of attention after rapid marketplace growth over the last week. As of Wednesday, the site had more than 350,000 active users and 100,000 purchasing users. Top Shot did more than $37 million in sales over a 24-hour period Monday,

A Series one LeBron highlight is now worth $208K

Being a life long Bulls fan, I myself couldn’t help but add some moments to my collection. For $150 a piece I was able to secure some series one dunks that could become very collectable in the future.

Beeple’s visionary and digital pictures have propelled him to the top of the digital art world, winning him 1.8 million followers on Instagram and high-profile collaborations with global brands ranging from Louis Vuitton to Nike, as well as performing artists from Katy Perry to Childish Gambino. His outspoken attitude seems to resonates well with young and new art collectors.

Beeple, posted a new work of art online. He did the same thing the next day and the next, and the next one after that, creating and posting a brand-new digital picture, or ‘everyday’ as he called it, every single day for 13-and-a-half years. This has been collated for this piece.

Minted exclusively for Christie’s auction house, The First 5000 Days will be offered as a single lot sale from 25 February to 11 March. Marking two industry firsts, Christie’s will be the first major auction house to offer a NFT— and to accept cryptocurrency, in this case Ether, in addition to standard forms of payment for the singular lot.

‘Christie’s has never offered a new media artwork of this scale or importance before,’ says Noah Davis, specialist in Post-War & Contemporary Art at Christie’s in New York. ‘Acquiring Beeple’s work is a unique opportunity to own an entry in the blockchain itself created by one of the world’s leading digital artists.’

Current bid stands at 2.8 million dollars with twelve days of bidding still to be completed. 

View the auction here.

CROSSROADS NFT Artwork

CROSSROADS by Beeple has sold for $6.6 million at Nifty Gateway. At the time of writing that makes this Beeple piece the most expensive digital work ever auctioned.

This piece was a first for Nifty, a token that would change based on the outcome of an event. Depending on the USA election’s outcome, one of two videos—one featuring a victorious Trump, the other featuring a despondent one—would play.

With Biden winning, we end up with this NFT of Trump graffitied, mocked and possibly deceased.

Beeple’s visionary and digital pictures have propelled him to the top of the digital art world, winning him 1.8 million followers on Instagram and high-profile collaborations with global brands ranging from Louis Vuitton to Nike, as well as performing artists from Katy Perry to Childish Gambino. His outspoken attitude seems to resonates well with young and new art collectors.

Make sure you play with the sound on. The “Tweet” at the end is nothing short of spectacular.

View both videos here, including the Trump winning video. Maybe we will get the sequel in 2024?

Banksy NFT

Banksy has entered the NFT arena!

An original Banksy has been burnt on film, digitised as a NFT and will be sent to the blockchain.

The piece was Banksy’s 2006 work titled morons, that was sold for £70,000.

This marks the first time a physical artwork has been turned into a unique digital asset and more importantly it will give buyers the chance to own the first ever digital NFT Banksy with his agency Pest Control authenticating the event.

With the current NFT record standing at 6.6 million dollars for Beeples Crossroad’s, we fully expect this to be surpassed on March 9th when the bidding closes on OpenSea marketplace.

We reported last week here how sales for Banksy inspired NFT artwork has topped $900,000 this year due to buyers frantically trying to find his first authentic submission to the blockchain.

If buyers paid $900,000 for fakes, how much will the real thing fetch?

More on this story as it develops….