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Giorgio Chiellini, the captain of the Italian football team, has released an NFT collection

Giorgio Chiellini, the captain of the Italian national football team, has released a new series of non-fungible tokens.

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On July 9, the series premiered on Blockasset, as the footballer prepared to lead Italy in the UEFA Euro 2020 championships versus England at Wembley Stadium. It was Italy’s first Euro final since 2012 and England’s first final since 1966 when they won the World Cup. Chiellini and his team were victorious, conquering Europe after 1968.

The collection would, according to rumors, embody the captain’s “gladiatorial spirit.”

The Gladiator, a one-of-a-kind NFT starring Chiellini in Ancient Roman garb. The Gladiator’s highest bidder will also have the opportunity to meet Chiellini and receive one of his match-worn shirts, signed by the player himself. They will also receive two tickets to witness the captain play, either for Italy or Juventus, his home club. The highest (and only) offer on Blockasset at the time of publication was $965.

There are 25 editions of The Leader in the NFT collection. With the Roman Coliseum in the background, this artwork depicts the Italian captain tackling a gladiator. The collection is completed by 100 editions of The Captain and 1,000 editions of The Icon.

The NFT bidding is exclusively hosted by Blockasset and not just for Chiellini’s collection. David Trezeguet, a former player for Chiellini’s current club Juventus, is launching an NFT line on the site. Blockasset claims to have collaborated with Trezeguet to provide his followers with a piece of a legendary moment in his career. Specifically, the goal that helped France win the Euro 2000 Championships.

NFTs Continue to Conquer the Sports World

Chiellini and Trezeguet are only two of the athletes releasing Blockasset collections. In addition, the NFT series with boxing champion Terence Crawford and MMA stars Darren Till and Leon Edwards will be held on the new platform and marketplace, which was created on Solana.

The platform caters solely to athletes and is one of the most recent developments in the relationship between NFTs and the sporting world. Other recent announcements include the release of NFT collections by two Washington sports clubs, as announced on July 10. In collaboration with Monumental Sports & Entertainment, the NBA’s Washington Wizards and the NHL’s Washington Capitals will release the NFT series.

This month, the Capitals aren’t the only NHL team to jump on the NFT bandwagon. They made their announcement immediately after the Las Vegas Golden Knights. On July 4, their auction of seven one-of-a-kind NFTs came to a close.

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The Economist Magazine Intends to Offer an NFT of their DeFi Front Cover

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The venerable British journal The Economist has announced that the front cover of its September 18 edition will be auctioned off as a non-fungible token.

On October 25, the cover will be offered, which imitated an Alice in Wonderland scene by placing Alice and the white rabbit on the verge of a rabbit hole filled with tokens. With the support of the platform Foundation, it was turned into an NFT.

The auction will be the first time The Economist has offered an NFT for sale, but it isn’t the first time a big journalistic organization has done so. In March, a New York Times column was purchased for a stunning $560,000. Twitter postings from the past have also been coined and sold as NFTs for astronomically high prices.

According to a press release from The Economist, the goal is to demonstrate the potential of decentralized technology.

The Economist Educational Foundation (TEEF), an independent charity focused on news, will receive the proceeds from the sale, minus fees, transaction costs, and taxes. In addition, the magazine will keep 10% of the royalties produced by future secondary sales of the NFT, with the money going to TEEF.

Justin Metz, a British artist, created the artwork for the DeFi cover, captioned “Down the rabbit hole: The promise and hazards of decentralized banking,” with help from The Economist’s cover designer Graeme James.

“By selling our ‘Down the rabbit hole’ cover as an NFT, we are now, in our tiny way, going down the rabbit hole ourselves, in a fun experiment that will hopefully help earn money for a great cause,” Alice Fulwood, the magazine’s financial correspondent, said.

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A Record-breaking $2.7 Million was Paid for a Crowned Bored Ape with Psychedelic Fur

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Last night, a record-breaking 696.969 ETH ($2.7 million) was paid for Bored Ape #8585. That is the highest price ever paid for a Bored Ape.

This NFT is part of the Bored Ape Yacht Club collection, which includes a variety of apes in various expressions and clothes, some of which are more unusual than others.

This sale follows a series of high-priced Bored Ape sales. In addition, two other sales over $1 million have occurred in the last 20 days, one for a Bored Ape with psychedelic fur and the other for a robot ape with cybernetic eyes.

In addition to Bored Ape #8585, the customer just purchased a few other NFTs. A Fidenza — one of the Art Blocks Curated NFTs — and two CryptoPunks were among the items sold for 200 ETH ($775,000). For 155 ETH ($600,000) and 265 ETH ($1 million), the CryptoPunks were purchased.

The customer spent a total of $5 million on the JPEGs, and they still have $1 million in ETH in their wallet.

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Martha Stewart is now Selling Ethereum NFTs, as well as Carving CryptoPunks into Pumpkins

Another business venture for the lifestyle entrepreneur is festive Ethereum NFT collectibles.

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Television personality and lifestyle entrepreneur Martha Stewart has made a name for herself in various artistic and business endeavors, including books, publications, home furnishings, and packaged foods. Now she’s taking her business to a brand-new medium with a burgeoning market: NFTs.

Stewart today announced the launch of Fresh Mint, an online portal dedicated to NFTs. The Ethereum-based NFTs were developed in collaboration with Tokns Commerce. While they are shown on the Fresh Mint website, sales and auctions are conducted on OpenSea, the premier NFT marketplace.

An NFT is a receipt for a rare digital item, showing ownership of a one-of-a-kind work like a photograph, illustration, video file, or video game object. So far in 2021, the NFT market has exploded, with $10.67 billion in trading activity in just the third quarter.

The majority of Stewart’s first NFTs are Halloween-themed, featuring handcrafted pumpkin-centric crafts or photos of Stewart in custom-made costumes, leveraging her reputation for crafting lifestyle creations and festive moods.

Along with a signed message from Stewart, the drop includes several “Carved Collection” auctions for images of one-of-a-kind pumpkin carving artwork (done by Maniac Pumpkin Carvers).

Collectors can even bid on the chance to have their favorite NFT avatar carved into a real pumpkin from collections like CryptoPunks, Bored Ape Yacht Club, or Pudgy Penguins. The winner of those auctions will not only receive an Ethereum NFT of a photo of the pumpkin, but they will also receive the actual pumpkin.

“Throughout my life, I’ve been so lucky to collaborate with talented artists, creators, and entrepreneurs,” Stewart said in a statement. “I see NFTs as a new canvas for creativity and blockchain as a vehicle to safeguard artists’ intellectual property while also supporting their wonderful work,” says the author.

Snoop Dogg, who recently stated that he has been accumulating rare NFTs under the identity Cozomo de’ Medici, is a friend and frequent collaborator of Stewart’s.

Snoop, who now has a CryptoPunk as his Twitter profile photo, has posted a couple of Cozomo’s recent NFT acquisitions, including a $3.9 million piece from XCOPY and a CrypToadz avatar, since last month’s announcement.

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