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NFT Collector’s Lawsuit Against Bitcoin Billionaires Over $650K in Unwanted Beeples



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A Non-Fungible Token collector claims he is being coerced into paying for Beeple NFTs he doesn’t want and has filed a lawsuit against Bitcoin millionaires Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss.

An April auction for Beeple’s spring collection, according to art gallery owner Amir Soleymani, “was like a trap.”

He unwittingly purchased the third editions of five distinct Beeple NFTs by submitting the third-highest bid for Beeple’s Abundance on the Winklevoss-owned NFT marketplace.

The art collector from Liverpool claims he was locked out of his $1 million Nifty Gateway wallet after refusing to pay $650,000 for NFTs he didn’t know he was buying.

Nifty Gateway has filed a lawsuit in New York to reclaim the funds. As a result, Soleymani filed a lawsuit in the United Kingdom, seeking access to about 70 NFTs held in his Nifty Gateway wallet.

“I’ve auctioned over 300 times on Nifty Gateway and other platforms, as well as great art auction houses like Christie’s, Phillips, and Sotheby’s,”

Soleymani said through a spokesman.

“With the exception of this particular misleading auction approach devised by Nifty Gateway, I’ve never had any troubles with any of them.”

A co-founder of the Ethereum Foundation won the inaugural edition

Soleymani mistakenly believed he was bidding on the first edition of the painting. The top 100 bidders, on the other hand, chose to purchase physical and digital copies of later editions of Abundance and other Beeple works.

“I feel that they hid this information. I wanted Abundance number one, not number three.”

  • Soleymani made an initial bid below $100,000 and stopped at $650,000.
  • The first edition sold to Ethereum Foundation co-founder Taylor Gerring for $1.2 million.
  • A Nifty Gateway employee then contacted Soleymani and asked him to make a payment for the NFTs.

When Soleymani inquired about his apparent purchase, a Nifty employee advised him to review the auction’s terms.

According to Nifty’s auction thread on Twitter, the top 100 bidders would receive “one edition” of Abundance, as well as additional Beeple NFTs, including physical copies within LED display cases.

However, there is no indication of a bidding leaderboard in the terms and conditions listed on the auction’s web page, leaving open for speculation as to who would earn the prized number one Abundance.

Other participants, according to Nifty Gateway, were aware of how the auction operated.

“[Soleymani’s] changing story about his experience on Nifty Gateway continues to be far from reality and other participants’ experiences on our marketplace,” a spokeswoman said.

Indeed, one Twitter user who claimed to bid on the auction said they were aware of the rules.

They said they learned about the sale through Twitter, Discord, and Nifty Gateway’s website.

Nifty Gateway quiet over unwanted Beeples

While Soleymani’s representative claims that Nifty Gateway has remained “silent throughout the saga,” a spokeswoman for Nifty Gateway told the Post that Soleymani’s access was restored in June.

Soleymani said he first heard about Nifty Gateway restoring his internet in a New York Post piece published on Saturday.

Soleymani’s representative confirmed that he has never spoken with the Winklevoss twins directly.


Ford is getting ready to enter the Metaverse with digital cars and NFTs

A month after the company announced significant personnel reductions, it has filed a trademark application covering its future initiatives in the Metaverse and NFT space.



Ford Motor Company, an American automaker, has filed 19 trademark applications across its key automobile brands as it prepares to enter the realm of nonfungible tokens (NFTs) and the Metaverse.

Mike Kondoudis, a trademark attorney licensed by the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO), disclosed in a tweet on Wednesday that the business had submitted a total of 19 trademark applications covering its car brands, including Mustang, Bronco, Lincoln, Explorer, and F-150 Lightning, among others.

The trademark applications include a projected online marketplace for NFTs and virtual versions of its businesses’ automobiles, trucks, vans, SUVs, and clothes.

Ford intends to produce digital images of its vehicles, SUVs, trucks, and vans that will be verified by NFTs, according to USPTO filings submitted by the automaker on September 2.

The business also disclosed plans for “downloadable virtual commodities,” or “computer programs,” that would include apparel, accessories, and parts for vehicles for usage in “online virtual environments,” such as virtual and augmented reality trade exhibitions.

Additionally, there are plans to develop an online marketplace for “others’ digital artwork” as well as “online retail shop services featuring non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and digital collectibles.”

Less than a month after Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford and CEO Jim Farley announced significant personnel reductions from its global workforce to decrease corporate expenses; Ford has decided to enter the Web3 area.

Ford isn’t the first automaker to enter the Metaverse market.

While premium automakers like Bentley and Lamborghini have already launched NFT collections, automakers including Nissan, Toyota, and Hyundai have indicated ambitions to enter the fast-expanding Metaverse market.

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Crypto-Vultures Profit from the Death of Queen Elizabeth

Only a few hours after the Queen’s passing, more than 40 meme tokens bearing her name have been released.



Yesterday, according to Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away. Although her loss triggered a global outpouring of sympathy and grief, it has also been exploited as a money-grab.

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Grift endures eternally, but the Queen is gone.

There are over 40 meme coins on Ethereum and the Binance Smart Chain thanks to Queen Elizabeth’s passing (and at least one exploitative NFT collection).

While the news of the British monarch’s demise saddened people worldwide, cryptocurrency scammers took advantage of the occasion to launch dozens of meme coins with Queen themes on Ethereum and Binance’s BNB Chain.

Among the new crypto coins that were introduced are “Queen Elizabeth Inu,” “Queen Doge,” “God Save The Queen,” “London Bridge Is Down,” “Queen Grow,” “Rip Queen Elizabeth,” “Elizabeth II,” and “Queen Inu II.” Other tokens with the name of the next king, King Charles III, have also appeared. According to DexScreener, at least 40 separate meme coins appear to have been produced in the previous six hours.

The most liquid tokens, Save The Queen and Queen Elizabeth Inu, have already processed trade volumes of around $700,000 and $200,000 since their debut. At the time of writing, the price of Queen Elizabeth Inu is up 1,517%, while it has increased by 23,271% on Binance Smart Chain and 3,708% on Uniswap. Prices are incredibly unstable and exceedingly unlikely to persist.

The “Queen Elizabeth 69 Years NFT” NFT set has reportedly been produced. One image is said to represent each year of the Queen’s reign in the collection. The project’s aims should be questioned because Elizabeth II reigned for 70 years, not 69.

The crypto community, typically known for its gallows humor, mainly reacted negatively to the initiatives. When told about the NFT collection, NFT aficionado ThreadGuy said, “You’re going to hell.” Trader Byzantine General declared, “We’ve got to stop this crypto stuff.”

In 1926, Queen Elizabeth was born. She was the longest-reigning British monarch in history and passed away in Balmoral Castle at 96.

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One crypto sector, according to billionaire Chamath Palihapitiya, is experiencing a classic bubble cycle

One crypto sector may be going through a typical hype cycle, according to billionaire investor and software entrepreneur Chamath Palihapitiya.



In a new episode of the All-In podcast, the CEO of Social Capital discusses the sharp decline in trading volume in the non-fungible token (NFT) market.

Palihapitiya offers Coachella and Burning Man as examples of major music festivals that strive to be distinctive but may wind up being mostly the same.

The billionaire contrasts NFTs and the overall art market with the two music events.

“I do believe that there is something going on; the simplest way to explain this is with the Burning Man/Coachella scenario. Many of these things are similar, but when some people approach anything new, they are too insecure to accept that it is similar to another item, so they spend a lot of time attempting to convince you that it is different. When someone says that a time is different, it’s probably not that different, as stated in the Warren Buffett quote, is an example. Or consider the other famous historical adage, “Things don’t always repeat in history, but they rhyme.”

All of this is meant to imply that, aside from major advances in science, not much new has been discovered recently. We keep repeating the same patterns, and one of them is the social capital that comes from making certain decisions and then having those decisions validated by others in order to feel valuable. And this occurred in NFTs, as well as, I’m sure, in the initial stages of several artistic movements. These events are more comparable than dissimilar because they have presumably occurred in a number of other markets as well.

Burning man and Coachella are same. The art market and NFTs are both the same. It doesn’t need to be unusual; you can simply appreciate it because you think it’s cool. I would just take it with a grain of salt and tell anyone who comes to you asking why it’s so different.

DappRadar reports that earlier last week, trading volume on popular NFT marketplace OpenSea reached a one-year low.

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