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“Marvel and VeVe Collab to Bring Marvel Fans a Digital Collectibles Experience”

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Marvel Entertainment and Orbis Blockchain Technologies Limited, which operates the VeVe Digital Collectibles App, announced today a new partnership to bring a global digital collectibles experience to millions of Marvel fans and collectors in the coming months. On VeVe’s breakthrough app platform, fans will be able to purchase and engage with official Marvel NFT digital artifacts, 3D statues, and digital comic books through mixed reality for the first time.

The VeVe Digital Collectibles App, which is available for iOS and Android, delivers fandom to fans wherever they are by providing a rich collecting experience. Fans may buy and collect a range of Marvel NFTs using the VeVe Digital Collectibles App, trade and hunt for rare (and even secret-rare) NFT comic books and collectibles, and showcase their hard-earned collection through fully customizable virtual showrooms.

Users will be able to buy Gems (VeVe’s in-app currency) using their credit card through in-app payments and cash out their Gems. Users can buy official Marvel NFTs with Gems or trade Marvel NFT collectibles with others in VeVe’s secondary economy, making Marvel digital collectibles simple and accessible to all types of Marvel fans.

“Collecting has always gone hand in hand with being a Marvel fan since the beginning,” said Dan Buckley, President of Marvel Entertainment. “VeVe, like us, knows that collecting is as much about the experience as it is about the product, and we look forward to continuing to provide that experience for our fans in the years ahead.”

VeVe’s unique mixed reality adds a digital layer to the world around us, allowing fans to interact with their collection and bring their favorite toys, statues, and other collectibles to life. It’s presently the only app of its kind. Using the app’s features, fans will be able to share their own curated collections of images, videos, and virtual showrooms with their friends and the fan community.

“Marvel has been working with VeVe to figure out how to make the Marvel digital collecting experience as unique as the physical experience, and we are thrilled to finally be able to share our vision with our fans,” said Daniel Fink, Marvel Entertainment’s Vice President of Business Development and Strategy. “Through VeVe’s platform, we intend to push the boundaries of what Marvel fandom can be, starting with personal and interactive digital artifacts that, thanks to NFTs, fans can actually collect, share, and enjoy in ways they have never been able to before.”

Fans may collect their digital collectibles through a fun and engaging experience because VeVe NFT digital collectibles are minted on the blockchain, which allows for an immutable record of authenticity and allows fans to collect their digital items through a fun and engaging experience. VeVe has sold over 580,000 NFT digital collectibles to its increasing user base of over 340,000 devoted fans since last December, and has become one of the top entertainment apps on the Google Play market.

“Back in 2017, we recognized an opportunity to create something new and exciting for collectors and set out on a multi-year journey to bring VeVe to life,” said Dan Crothers, VeVe’s Co-Founder and COO. “As collectors, our mindset was to emulate the physical world of collecting, which fans are familiar with and enjoy, and deliver this experience in an upgraded digital version that felt thrilling, real, and long-term.”

VeVe declared earlier this year that it would be the first carbon-neutral NFT platform, committing to 100 percent carbon-neutral NFTs and providing grants to environmental NGOs to raise funds for causes. The VeVe app also makes use of distributed ledger technologies, which the company claims are more energy efficient than those used by competitors.

In the coming weeks, more information regarding Marvel’s exciting new digital collectibles coming to VeVe will be released. Fans of comic books should also keep an eye out for some exciting new announcements coming shortly!

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Naomi Osaka’s NFT to Raise Awareness About Athlete Mental Health

An auction on Basic.Space will resell a rare NFT produced by tennis champion Naomi Osaka.

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In April, Osaka collaborated with her sister Mari on a six-piece collection. On Basic.Space, the first five were auctioned off. They sold for about $600,000 in total, with one fetching over $200,000. Meanwhile, the sixth Osaka NFT was raffled off to the general public. As a result, the NFT is now available for sale in a global auction by the winner of that raffle. The silent auction will begin on July 26 at 9 a.m. ET.

“Finding What Was Lost” is the title of the digital artwork being auctioned. Naomi’s favorite of the six, according to Osaka’s sister. The NFTs for the Osakas were developed on the Flow blockchain, which is best known for its NBA Top Shots NFTs.

Mental Health Awareness

A part of the net earnings will raise mental health awareness and assist athletes all across the world. Donations to NGOs like Athletes for Hope fall within this category. In addition, the money will go to the organization’s newly announced Whole Being Athlete initiative. The project’s goal is to encourage athletes while also raising mental health awareness.

Jason Belinkie, COO of Athletes for Hope, stated that athletes are battling with their mental health now more than ever. “With one in every five individuals being diagnosed with a mental illness, it’s become the most sought cause for advocacy, connection, and support from our athlete network,” he said. Belinkie expressed his company’s “pleasure” at assisting Osaka in “continuing this critical effort in the mental health space.”

The NFT Influence

According to Shea Newkirk, founder of CryptoStache.com, the sale of the piece has special relevance for sports NFTs. “While professional athletes have sold some huge NFTs in the last six months, Naomi Osaka’s constant and positive presence in the public spotlight will almost certainly propel this auction to a new NFT record,” he said.

Boxer Tyson Fury established the NFT sales record for an athlete last week, selling a single-edition piece for $987,000. Fury has a history of releasing NFTs, dating back to earlier this year. Patrick Mahomes, a football player, sold an NFT for $247,000 in March, which Rob Gronkowski later surpassed with a sale of $430,000.

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Physical and NFT Versions of Steve Jobs’ 1973 Job Application are up for auction.

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ 1973 employment application form is up for auction, with both physical and digital versions available.

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Steve Jobs’ 1973 handwritten application for an unknown job is up for sale once more. It’s unclear what position Jobs was applying for, where he applied, or whether he was hired. What is known is that this piece of paper has been sold for a large sum of money several times in recent years. It was sold for $18,750 in March 2017, $174,757 in 2018, and $222,400 in March 2021.

Jobs wrote the three-page application three years before he and Steve Wozniak co-founded Apple. Jobs is skilled with computers and calculators, but not so much with type machines, according to the application.

Physical and Digital Collectibles are Pitted Against Each Other Face-to-Face

The addition of a non-fungible token to this auction sets it apart from prior auctions. Both the original physical copy and a digital counterpart in the form of an NFT will be sold side by side, according to the listing. According to auctioneer Olly Joshi, the purpose is to see which version has the most value in the current market. In a statement, Joshi said, “The Steve Jobs hand-written 1973 job application auction intends to illustrate the modern shift in perceived worth — the physical or the digital.”

The auctions will take place on various platforms, with the digital edition available on Rarible and the physical version available on Joshi’s own website.

The auctions will last seven days and began on July 22 at 9:41 a.m. PT. That time was chosen because it was the time chosen by Jobs to unveil new Apple products at formal events, and it is also the time displayed on Apple product clocks.

The hard copy of the application currently has a price of $14,000, while the digital version has a bid of $635 at the time of writing. The Cancer Research Institute and the One Laptop Per Child organizations will each receive a percentage of the proceeds from the final sale.

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Dolce & Gabbana Will Debut an Exclusive NFT Collection

In collaboration with luxury marketplace UNXD, Dolce & Gabbana unveiled the first in a series of NFTs.

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Dolce & Gabbana has announced the debut of an exclusive NFT collection in conjunction with UNXD, a digital marketplace powered by the Polygon Network that aspires to be the premier destination for digital luxury and culture.

Collezione Genesi, or Genesis Collection, will be the fashion label’s debut NFT collection. The collection will be shown at Dolce & Gabbana’s upcoming Alta Moda, Alta Sartoria, and Alta Goilleria exhibitions in Venice at the end of August. According to the press release, the collection focuses on Venice’s deep-rooted artistic traditions.

L’abito Dei Sogni, or Dress from a Dream, is the first concept in the collection, inspired by a dream by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. In the weeks leading up to the Alta Moda, Alta Sartoria, and Alta Goilleria exhibitions, other NFTs from the Collezione Genesi collection will be shown. All will be auctioned exclusively on UNXD.

Dolce & Gabanna’s NFT isn’t the first high-end brand to venture into the NFT industry. A few NFTs will be available from designers participating in Paris Fashion Week, with Gucci believed to be joining the NFT sector as well.

NFTs have stayed robust even as the prices of various cryptocurrencies have fallen, with more and more entries to the market. For example, LABS Group recently merged real estate with NFTs, allowing individuals to invest in its resort using the popular token technology. In addition, as more corporations, organizations, and foundations join the burgeoning market, artists like Muse have created more NFTs.

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