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In just six weeks, this 36-year-old Brooklyn artist made over $46,000 selling NFTs

Making millions from selling art in a short period of time is not an illusion anymore.

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The demand for nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, has exploded this year, and many developers have reaped the benefits.

Among them is Brooklyn artist Blake Jamieson, who made over $46,000 selling NFTs of his artwork on sites like SuperRare and OpenSea in just over six weeks, from the first day of February to the middle of March.

Source: https://blake.art/

“I strongly believe that I will be a millionaire in like eight weeks,” Jamieson says, citing the NFT’s potential. “I have a ton of pro-athlete clients who are pounding on my door to do this stuff.”

Jamieson, a prolific artist with a clientele of professional athletes, including former NFL running back CJ Anderson, heard about NFTs from his pal, NFT artist and former MLB player Micah Johnson.

Jamieson created NFTs of his art, ranging from athlete portraits to abstract paintings, by minting high-res photographs of his previous works and selling them on NFT platforms. Jamieson, for example, photographed parts of a “trippy, funky” acrylic pour painting he created in 2020 and classified each “chunk” as a separate NFT on SuperRare as a series.

“I was like, ‘Somebody’s going to pay me over $150 for that jpeg of a painting that I painted two years ago and I don’t even think about anymore?’ That gets me more excited.”

Once bids started to come in, thanks to SuperRare’s algorithm, “it just snowballed.”

Jamieson made about $40,000 on SuperRare from 17 sales in around a month and a half. Jamieson has sold 19 NFTs on SuperRare for a total of $44,399, according to the site, with his biggest NFT sale being $4,772 and an average sale price of $2,336. Jamieson sold one NFT of his painting of LeBron James for around $6,500 on OpenSea.

So far, his NFTs have sold for less than Jamieson’s physical art, which he sells for $10,000 to $15,000 a piece, for a total of $100,000 to $150,000 per year, he claims. Jamieson, on the other hand, made about $800,000 in 2020, thanks to a deal with Topps, which asked him to recreate 20 different “iconic” baseball cards for the company’s Project 2020.

However, he claims that “making the extra NFT revenue has a big effect on the business today.”

Jamieson now uses social media to support his NFT drops and is optimistic about the opportunities.

“These items have proved scarcity, whereas you could get a print and be told, “Oh, this is one of ten,” but there could be 50 printed. You’d have no idea. However, with NFTs, you’ll be able to tell “

Jamieson is currently collaborating with Topps on a new series called Project70, for which he expects to earn $500,000. He’ll still keep selling NFTs on the side.

The NFT market seems to have cooled recently, as sales volume and pricing have both decreased. Even if pricing stabilizes, Jamieson believes the market will continue to expand.

“I believe there is a bubble right now with the rates that products are going for,” he admits, but the current NFT market is just the tip of the iceberg of what’s possible. It is a fantastic opportunity for artists, and it would be foolish for them to pass it up at this time. It’s not going anywhere, in my opinion.”

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The Ethereum Metaverse’s NFT Real Estate Sells for a Record $913K

For Ethereum-based open world crypto metaverse game Decentraland, Republic Realm establishes a new all-time high-value LAND sale.

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In the open-world metaverse game Decentraland, a virtual plot of land sold as an NFT for a record amount: more than $913,000, based on the price of the game’s Ethereum-based MANA money at the time.

For 1,295,000 MANA, the estate NFT, also known as a LAND token in the game, was sold. According to NonFungible’s data, this is the highest-valued LAND sale to date in terms of money. However, sales for greater MANA have occurred in the past when the currency was significantly less valuable. In November 2018, the record was set with 2,772,000 MANA, which was valued little under $211,000 at the time.

Republic Realm, a firm that invests in virtual real estate in crypto games, has claimed the new record purchase. Republic Realm is a division of Republic, an online investment platform that itself has notable investors, including AngelList, Binance, and Galaxy Interactive. Republic Realm has not yet disclosed how it plans to utilize the Decentraland estate, which is located in the game’s Dragon Kingdom district.

The business tweeted, “We can’t wait to disclose our enormous plans for this estate.” “We are more committed than ever to constructing and expanding the metaverse.”

Decentraland is an Ethereum-based online metaverse where players can freely explore the realm, engage with other players, and play games. The 3D game resembles a hybrid of virtual world pioneer Second Life and blocky sensation Minecraft, but with a blockchain-based twist of actual item ownership and a player-driven economy.

Decentraland isn’t the only blockchain-based game that revolves around digital land plots marketed as NFTs. Other Ethereum-based games that have made millions of dollars selling virtual real estate include The Sandbox and Axie Infinity.

In this example, Decentraland shattered an estate sale record set only a few weeks prior. Boson, a blockchain protocol, said earlier this month that it had purchased a Decentraland estate in the game’s valuable Vegas City sector for roughly $704,000, with ambitions to develop a virtual shop to market its decentralized infrastructure products.

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Tezos Joins McLaren Racing as a Blockchain and NFT Partner

McLaren Racing has announced a multi-year technical agreement to develop the NFT fan experience platform on Tezos, an energy-efficient blockchain network.

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Tezos has been named as McLaren Racing’s Official Blockchain Partner in a new multi-year technological cooperation spanning Formula 1, INDYCAR, and esports, according to a press release.

McLaren will establish a non-fungible token platform with a focus on the fan experience, using the energy-efficient and upgradeable Tezos network.

Tezos NFTs

Tezos is an open-source asset and application blockchain that is constantly expanding and upgrading itself through efficient on-chain governance.

McLaren will create a specialized platform that will bring together its illustrious racing history and famous driver lineups across all of its teams to provide an unsurpassed NFT fan experience.

Tezos and McLaren believe that innovation is the key to long-term success. By embracing clean NFTs and energy-efficient networks, the impact of this new medium for sharing creative expression will not be diluted by excessive energy usage.

Tezos’ pioneering Proof of Stake mechanism is a substantially more energy-efficient technique to securing its network than typical Proof of Work blockchains, consuming two million times less energy than Proof of Work networks like Bitcoin and Ethereum.

This enables Tezos to run in an environmentally friendly manner, with little energy use and a low carbon impact.

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Tezos will be represented across the McLaren Formula 1 and Arrow McLaren SP teams as part of the agreement, including on the race suits of McLaren F1 drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Riccardo, as well as AMSP drivers Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist.

“Tezos and McLaren Racing joining forces to build a unique fan-focused NFT platform is an exciting and quickly evolving industry,” said Lindsey Eckhouse, McLaren Racing’s Director of Licensing, eCommerce, and esports.

She went on to say that the new relationship allows McLaren to enter a market where fans can own essential components of the team, and that the firm is excited to launch the platform with Tezos to create bespoke NFTs with our Formula 1, INDYCAR, and esports teams.

In the meantime, Hubertus Thonhauser, Chair of the Tezos Foundation, issued the following statement:

“We are pleased that McLaren Racing has opted to extend their NFT fan interaction platform to the Tezos blockchain, as it has one of the longest and most prestigious legacies in Formula One racing.”

“Blockchain as a concept is changing, getting faster, more secure, and more efficient,” he continued. This necessitates a blockchain capable of keeping up with the current rate of innovation. Tezos, the first and fastest-evolving blockchain, stays at the vanguard of innovation, providing real-world solutions in a robust and fast-growing ecosystem as brands explore for new ways to engage with their fans.”

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The Original Code of the World Wide Web Will Be Auctioned as an NFT by Sotheby’s

The luxury auction house Sotheby’s announced on Tuesday that it will auction off a non-fungible token containing the original source code for the World Wide Web next month.

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Digital files such as music, video, and artifacts are represented by NFTs, which are one-of-a-kind collectibles. On June 23, the NFT for the code, which was created by British computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee in 1989, will go on sale, with bids starting at $1,000. Berners-Lee has signed this NFT, which includes his original time-stamped files.

“What is the purpose of an NFT? It’s a natural thing to do when you’re a computer scientist and you’ve been writing code for a long time.” He went on to say, “It feels natural to digitally sign my autograph on a purely digital item.”

The NFT also includes an animated visualization of the code, a letter written by Berners-Lee about the code and his process of creating it, and a digital “poster” of the entire code generated from the original files using Python, which includes a graphic of his physical signature and is all digitally signed.

The NFT files comprise around 9,555 lines of code, which incorporate components of the three languages and one protocol established by Berners-Lee: HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol), and URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) (Uniform Resource Identifiers).

Berners-Lee said in a statement, “Three decades ago, I built something that, with the subsequent cooperation of a great number of partners around the world, has been a significant weapon for humankind. NFTs, whether they are artworks or digital artefacts like this, are the most recent playful creations in this area, as well as the most acceptable method of ownership. They’re the perfect method to package the origins of the internet.”

The entire sale earnings will go to causes that Berners-Lee and his wife support.

The auction is Sotheby’s third featuring NFTs. In April, the auction house sold its first NFT by unknown digital artist Pak, and only last week, it sold its second NFT, a rare CryptoPunk, for nearly $12 million.

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