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A Weekly Review of NFTs

More sports teams are endorsing NFTs, Dame Dash responds to Jay-Z’s “Reasonable Doubt” drama, and Instagram is said to be incorporating NFT capabilities in-app. All of this happened in the last seven days. Let’s take a closer look at the newest non-fungible token news this week.



Building NFT Features on Instagram?

Instagram is introducing NFT functionality in its app, according to leaker and mobile developer Alessandro Paluzzi. Instagram could be the newest social media platform to join the ranks of Twitter and Reddit. Could Instagram be paving the way for more simplified ways for creators to be compensated for their work on the platform?

NFTs for the Next Sports Team

Only a few NBA franchises have entered the crypto sector, and the Cleveland Cavaliers became the latest to do so this week. The team is incorporating NFTs into their public art initiative, presenting them as part of a larger multimedia collection that can be viewed on large digital displays throughout the team’s downtown arena.

The Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards’ owners, Monumental Sports and Entertainment, also unveiled their inaugural NFT project this week. Limited edition NFTs are being created by the two teams in collaboration with two local artists. These are expected to hit the market later this month.

The NFT Winners on Twitter are Coming Together

This week’s social media NFT headlines aren’t all about Instagram. The winners of Twitter’s NFT giveaway, have created a group to protect the value of their mementos. The group now has just under 50 members, as well as two Twitter reps.

Dame Dash Responds to Jay-Z’s “Reasonable Doubt” NFT

Former colleagues Dame Dash and Jay-Z have a never-ending feud. Jay’s camp, according to Dame Dash, simply sought a temporary restraining order rather than preventing Dash from selling his NFT. Furthermore, Dash claims that the two parties have already gone to court and are negotiating the terms of a settlement that might still result in Dame Dash selling his Roc-A-Fella share via NFT.

Q2 Went Well for NFTs

According to a report published this week by DappRadar, the number of NFT transactions reached a new quarterly high of $1.24 billion. In the first half of 2020, NFT sales totaled around $13.7 million, signaling a major shift in digital art sales.


Snoop Dogg Gives Advice to Reese Witherspoon on Ethereum NFTs

Snoop Dogg, a celebrity NFT collector, shares his thoughts on who to watch in the space.



Reese Witherspoon is dabbling in the crypto realm, starting with an Ethereum (ETH) purchase and now her first NFTs. On the latter front, she’s getting help from Snoop Dogg, a rapper and entertainer who just claimed that he’s very involved in the NFT movement.

“Just bought my first NFTs!” tweeted Witherspoon on Monday. “I’m gaining a lot of knowledge. I’d love to hear about inspiring women who are developing #NFTs. Chat with me on #cryptotwitter.” She didn’t specify which NFTs she bought. In early September, Witherspoon tweeted about purchasing her first ETH, and she sought guidance from Crypto Twitter in both situations.

Snoop has identified himself as a dedicated NFT collector under the moniker Cozomo de’ Medici, with a collection valued at more than $17 million as of this writing (per DappRadar). As his Cozomo Twitter account shows, he’s well-versed in the scene and was ready with a recommendation for Witherspoon.

Snoop advised Witherspoon contact Priyanka Desai, the chief of operations at OpenLaw and an NFT-collecting DAO Flamingo DAO member, in a quote-tweet.

Snoop’s Cozomo de’ Medici pseudonym tweeted, “May I kindly recommend a conversation with @PriDesai, one of the most influential women in NFT, who can then connect you with the most incredible female artists, collectors, and innovators in our world,”

Snoop’s tweet has elicited no response from Witherspoon. Still, she did enjoy several other responses from the Crypto Twitter community, including a couple about the World of Women NFT initiative. She also liked tweets from Stoner Cats, the NFT-funded animated project co-created by actress Mila Kunis, and one from someone who said if she bought a Deadfellaz NFT, they would get a “Reese” tattoo.

In late September, Snoop Dogg unveiled his Cozomo de’ Medici NFT-collecting identity, as well as cooperation with The Sandbox, an upcoming NFT-based metaverse game.

He also uses a CryptoPunks NFT as his Twitter avatar, and he’s just purchased more high-value Ethereum NFTs, including a $3.9 million piece from XCOPY and an undisclosed stake (a “large portion,” according to the broker) of an Art Blocks “Fidenza” NFT valued at 2,500 ETH ($8.7 million).

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Sales of NFT Frenzy Surpass $10 Billion in the Third Quarter, while AXS Sets a New High

In the third quarter of 2021, a record number of nonfungible tokens (NFT) were sold, and the frenzy shows no signs of slowing down.



According to data from analytics websites, more than $10.7 billion worth of NFTs were sold between July and September.

Over the last three months, digital art, memes, gaming products, and collectibles have sold like hotcakes, garnering attention from Reuters.

According to the report, which cited DappRadar data, the massive third-quarter amount was up from $1.3 billion in Q2 and $1.2 billion in Q1. However, the estimates could be substantially higher because off-chain transactions, such as those conducted by auction houses are not included.

NonFungible, which only tracks NFTs on the Ethereum blockchain, estimates that the total volume in 2021 will be $7 billion.

Axies and OpenSea are leading the way

In terms of trade volume, the NFT marketplace OpenSea has dominated. Because most NFTs follow the Ethereum ERC-721 standard, they’ve been responsible for some of the highest transaction costs in recent months.

According to Etherscan, the platform is the top gas generator on Ethereum, accounting for 22.5 percent of the total share in the last 24 hours. Since yesterday, it has generated 2,189 ETH ($7.3 million) in network fees. OpenSea consumes more gas than Uniswap and Tether combined.

According to DappRadar, OpenSea has handled $2.75 billion in NFT sales in the last 30 days.

According to NonFungible, more than half of the NFTs sold during the period were between $101 and $1,000, with roughly 20% in the $1,001 to $10,000 range.

Art Blocks, an NFT project based in the United States that sells algorithmically generated digital artworks, had a strong quarter. According to CryptoSlam, the Axie Infinity “play-to-earn” metaverse has been the greatest seller of NFTs to far, with over $2.2 billion sold.

According to the NFT ranking website, there are currently roughly 2 million Axie owners. According to DappRadar, Axie Infinity made $776 million in Q3 revenue.

AXS is pushed to ATH by NFT Fever

Last week, the gambling platform introduced staking incentives for its native AXS tokens, causing the price to skyrocket to an all-time high of $156 on Oct. 4.

According to CoinGecko, AXS was trading at $137 at the time of writing, up 115 percent in the last seven days and 825 percent in the previous three months.

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The Granddaughter of Warren Buffett Is Interested in Ethereum and NFTs

Nicole Buffett has become a supporter of the NFT, despite her grandfather’s skepticism.



Nicole Buffett, Warren Buffett’s granddaughter, recently told Institutional Investor that her collection of non-fungible tokens had nearly sold out in just a few months.

While competitors like Cardano and Solana aim to threaten Ethereum’s dominance in the NFT market, the progeny of the great business magnate claims that Ether is the currency of the NFT field.

Buffett claims that she only accepts the dollar for physical art:

“I’ll assist folks in getting set up so they can buy paintings on the blockchain, but the NFT space’s currency is Ethereum. Physicals are still paid in dollars.”

Warren Buffett is regarded as one of the most outspoken cryptocurrency skeptics, referring to Bitcoin as “rat poison squared.”

His granddaughter says that investing in art is similar to stock or bond investing:

“When my grandfather examines something, he asks, ‘Does it have integrity? Does it have a long-term value? Can you tell me what the components are and how you’d break them down?’ … Art is a lot like that.”

Buffett says she wants her NFTs to remain inexpensive in terms of price.

Before the deal, most of Buffett’s customers are unaware of her ties to one of America’s wealthiest families.

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