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The biggest NFT hits from celebrities dollar-wise
Millions of dollars in sales are still coming in as a consequence of the non-fungible tokens. So far, these are the top NFT earners in 2021.
Non-fungible tokens have quickly become a mainstream phenomenon, with a slew of celebrities, entertainers, and sports figures promoting them. The question is, which NFT has had the greatest impact on this burgeoning industry?
There’s no denying that NFTs have taken the world by storm, with some of the most popular digital collectibles commanding exorbitant prices, prompting a stampede of newcomers eager to cash in on the trend.
While many have tried to cash in on the apparent success of NFTs, a few notable digital collectible creators have had their NFTs sell for millions of dollars at auction. NFTs have become the new-age autograph in a short amount of time, and their use has spread across a wide range of industries.
As blockchain-powered digital collectibles marketplaces boom for American sports leagues such as the National Basketball Association and the National Football League, the world of sport has taken a liking to NFTs. Beeple’s $69 million digital art piece broke auction records and changed the way people enjoy and own art, indicating that the art industry is undergoing a new age renaissance of sorts. Musicians, celebrities, and content creators have all launched their own NFTs, which are changing the way fans and consumers buy memorabilia, merchandise, and content.
Here are some of the most popular NFTs in 2021, with information on the developers or original owners as well as the current value of those NFTs.
Beeple’s now-famous digital collage “Everydays: The First 5000 Days” is an obvious choice for this list of prominent NFTs. Its price alone has cemented its reputation as the most valuable NFT ever sold at auction.
The digital collage was created by American digital artist Mike Winkelmann, better known by his nickname Beeple, and sold for $69,346,250 in February 2021 at renowned auction house Christie’s.
Over the past 13 and a half years, Beeple has been releasing a piece of digital art every single day, and “Everydays: The First 5000 Days” is a collage of 5,000 of these objects.
The NFT’s jaw-dropping price tag was only realized in the last two minutes of the auction, when the digital art piece saw a drastic rise in the value of offers, moving up from a $20 million offer to a final bid for about $60 million. The $9 million difference was due to Christie’s buyer’s premium.
Jack Dorsey’s $2.9-million genesis tweet
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey successfully auctioned off the digital rights to his first-ever tweet from March 2006, in a strange and wonderful use-case example for NFTs. In March 2021, the NFT tweet was ultimately sold for $2.9 million, with the proceeds going to the GiveDirectly fund.
On March 6th, Dorsey posted a link on his Twitter profile that directed users to an online auction for his 2006 tweet, which was also the first-ever made on the popular social media website 15 years ago.
“Just setting up my twttr,” says Dorsey’s first tweet, which he posted in March 2006. Dorsey’s digitally autographed tweet drew a lot of interest, but Sina Estavi, the CEO of Tron-based Bridge Oracle, won it.
Edward Snowden’s NFT
Another well-known person who has raised a lot of money by selling of an NFT is American whistleblower Edward Snowden. He made headlines in 2021 when he raised $5 million for the Freedom of the Press Foundation by selling a one-of-a-kind piece of NFT art.
Snowden commissioned the NFT art project, dubbed “Stay Free,” to honor a key 2020 court decision stating that the US National Security Agency’s mass spying breached the law. Snowden was instrumental in revealing the infractions, and the art piece includes every page of the landmark court decision, as well as a silhouette of Snowden’s face in the foreground.
Over the last decade, Snowden has become one of the most well-known government whistleblowers. Snowden obtained access and exposed sensitive material linked to NSA privacy abuses during his position as a former employee and subcontractor for the US Central Intelligence Agency.
A federal appeals court concluded seven years later that the NSA’s surveillance program, which collected data on Americans’ phone calls, was unconstitutional. After disclosing this material, Snowden was forced to seek asylum in Russia, where he was granted permanent status. For disclosing this information to the public, Snowden was charged under the Espionage Act.
Given the popularity of NFTs in 2021, it’s no surprise that Snowden’s “Stay Free” art work fetched such a high price at auction. PleasrDAO, which was founded by a group of NFT art collectors, purchased the NFT.
The group won the digital art work with a winning bid of 2,224.00 Ether (ETH). As the bidding for the “Stay Free” NFT heated up, Snowden remarked in a tweet that the final sum paid for the art piece was more than the Freedom of the Press Foundation’s yearly budget.
Gronk’s NFL Championship Series
Rob Gronkowski, an NFL veteran, is undoubtedly the most significant player to have had a successful NFT debut of digitally signed trading cards.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end debuted in the realm of NFTs in March, when he teamed up with OpenSea to create a collection of trading cards, which he sold for $1.8 million in ETH.
The Championship Series NFTs honor Gronkowski’s four NFL championships, while the fifth and final “Career Highlight Refractor Card” honors those four great seasons. Gronkowski won three NFL championships with the New England Patriots, and he won his fourth with quarterback Tom Brady after joining the Buccaneers in 2020.
The four Championship Cards had 87 digital editions up for auction, whereas the fifth Career Highlight card was just a single NFT.
Given this, it’s unsurprising that the one-of-a-kind “Career Highlight Refractor Card” sold for the most money at auction, fetching 229 ETH (about $435,000 at the time). The two-day auction resulted in the sale of 349 trading cards, as well as the one-of-a-kind Career highlight card, to 95 different owners. The auction’s entire trading value was 1,014 ETH, which was worth $1.8 million on the day.
Grimes’ $5.8 million in 20 minutes
Last but not least, Canadian musician and visual artist Claire Elise Boucher, better known by her stage name Grimes, had a successful NFT launch, with purchases of tokenized artwork totaling $5.8 million at the end of the sale in March 2021.
Grimes’ first NFT collection, nicknamed “WarNymph,” was designed by her brother, acclaimed digital artist Mac Boucher. The artwork depicted a fantasy universe focused on a goddess who was stylised as a baby angel. Carbon 180, a non-governmental organization dedicated to decreasing carbon emissions, received a portion of the revenues from the “WarNymph” NFT sales.
As previously stated, Grimes’ NFT work was in high demand, with copies selling for more than $5 million in less than 20 minutes after being public on Feb. 28. “Death of the Old,” the most expensive NFT, received a winning offer of $389,000.
It looks Like NFTs Are Here To Stay
NFTs have quickly outgrown their reputation as a novelty, and there appears to be widespread agreement that the field will continue to attract significant investment and use in the future.
It is apparent that tokenizing assets is becoming more widespread, from singers looking to push the bounds of their regular releases, such as Kings of Leon, who made $2 million from their NFT album release, to a $1.8 million pair of sneakers.
“I own some NFTs, but that is because I enjoy the art and the community that was developed to make the art,”
Mattison Asher, who does research on Ethereum, NFTs, and DeFi at ConsenSys, said at the time and added that it’s difficult to predict whether the prices paid for certain works of digital art and other NFTs will keep their worth in the future. However, beauty is in the perspective of the beholder, and the auction plainly demonstrates that people respect Beeple’s “The First 5000 Days.”
Asher, on the other hand, believes that sales like those of “Everydays” have played a larger part in bringing together businesses that appear to have more in common than meets the eye:
“The stories of crypto and Beeple are strikingly similar. Beeple, like the crypto sector as a whole, has had to overcome a tremendous amount of adversity in order to reach the current level of success. Beeple has been making digital works for years, much like the crypto industry as a whole, with little recognition.”
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NFT Show Europe was all about innovators of the Future of the Internet: web 3.0, metaverse, blockchain, and digital art￼
Valencia, October 10th 2022: NFT Show Europe, the leading event on Web 3.0, Blockchain, Metaverse and Digital Art took place in the futuristic venue of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain. From the 17th to the 18th of September 2022, #NFTSE attracted over 2300 visitors from 59 countries.
The show featured a packed conference programme with world-renowned speakers. Topics covered included the use of Blockchain and Web 3.0 oriented technologies in traditional businesses, gaming, sports, fashion, art and collectibles, among others.
First edition beyond expectations
“The event showcased the very best in European talent, demonstrating the unstoppable growth of these technologies and its potential in both business and artistic innovation.” explains Patrick Cyrus, Marketing Manager of #NFTSE22.
“We already count with the support of big players such as Tezos, Polkadot, Zeroframe, Crypto Page, Block Ape Scissors or Wert. All of us were equally impressed with the level of potential collaborations and we are already looking forward to the next edition.”
NFT Show beyond Europe
#NFTSE gathers some of the most influential companies and artists to discuss the latest trends and developments. The event was a major boost for the web 3.0 industry companies, fostering new partnerships and collaborations, which helped to solidify its position as a major meeting point in this world.
With visitors from 59 countries attending, the event showcased the latest in blockchain and web3 technologies and its potential applications in the real world.
The speaker line-up was formed by industry leaders such as Takayaki Suzuki, CEO of Metatokio and Esen Tümer, Founder of Metaverse Hub. Other notable speakers included Hide Uehara, Director of Business Development for Square Enix or Sam Hamilton, the Creative Director of Decentraland Foundation.
Showcasing more than 170 artworks by artists such as Zancan, Solimán López, Pablo Alpe, Ulysses, A.L. Crego or Jenni Pasanen, the art exhibition included exclusive minting by fxhash.com, workshops, interactive installations, panel discussions and XR experiences.
Conclusions & Trends
“Web 3.0 technologies provide a way for users to create and interact with digital assets in a virtual space. These technologies have the potential to revolutionize many industries, including gaming, art and finance. NFT Show Europe provided a platform for leading experts to share their insights on those industries in a futuristic business-art atmosphere.” adds Esen Tümer, Founder of MetaverseHub based in Turkey, Istambul.
NFTs and crypto are transforming the art industry by providing creators with a new way to monetize their work and by giving collectors a new way to invest in art. They can be used to track and prove ownership of everything from digital art to in-game items. One of the barriers is the acquisition of cryptocurrencies which is already approached by companies such as Wert.
“We enable the consumers to purchase NFTs with credit or debit cards just like normal or virtual goods … if you’re in the NFT, Generative Art and Web 3.0 space (NFTSE) is just the perfect spot to do that.” explains George Basiladze, Founder of Wert.io.
There is no doubt that the web 3.0 users have the potential to change the way we live, work and play. By harnessing the power of the internet, these technologies can help us to connect with others in new and innovative ways and help us to access information and services that were previously out of reach. With the right support and investment, web 3.0 content will help us to create a more inclusive and connected world.
The producers of NFT Show Europe are already planning the next stages for 2023.
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Logan Paul’s unsuccessful NFT Investment: Over $620K to $10
Logan Paul, a well-known YouTuber, has lost millions of dollars as a result of the current crypto winter.
Logan Paul, an American YouTuber, actor, and social media star, holds a $623,000 unrealized loss as a result of his investment in an NFT from the Azuki line.
Also unsuccessful is his involvement with cryptocurrency. The market collapse has reduced the value of his possessions by more than $500,000.
Losses in Logan Paul’s Critical Papers
The well-known YouTuber joined the cryptocurrency bandwagon last spring when the values of most assets were surging, just like many other people. A few months later, he spent almost $2.5 million on NFTs, joining the trend. The most expensive thing he bought was a piece from the Azuki collection, which cost him $623,000.
However, the YouTube celebrity has suffered significant financial losses as a result of the unstable state of the bitcoin market and the NFT niche, at least on paper. The Azuki NFT currently trades around $10, as Paul recently made known, a drastic decline that sparked debate in the cryptocurrency world.
Many Twitter users made fun of the celebrity for using non-fungible tokens to transact at a time when there was obviously excitement in the industry. Others asserted that digital collectibles are frauds and should not be purchased. Some, however, contend that the price decline is a result of the current bad market and that once the next bull run begins, the valuation will rise.
It’s important to note that the NFT transactions were booming at the time he purchased the things. OpenSea’s trade volume spiked to almost $500 million for a single day at one time last summer, but in recent months, it has struggled to reach $10 million.
Paul has added bitcoin and other alternative currency to his portfolio in addition to NFTs. He recently acknowledged that he had lost almost $500,000 on such investments when he first entered the ecosystem at its peak last year.
Unfortunately for others that followed suit, this year has seen a significant decline in the value of the cryptocurrency market, which now has a total valuation of less than $1 billion (down from $3 billion a year ago).
Millions are Lost by KSI
The British rapper JJ Olatunji, a.k.a. KSI, was another prominent YouTuber who was severely hurt by the crypto market decline.
When Terra’s native token, LUNA, began to fall in price in May, he took the chance to predict that the price will eventually rise again. When the asset was going for about $25, KSI invested $2.8 million of his wealth in it.
He had no idea that the token would keep declining and eventually fall to almost nothing, wiping away the rapper’s multi-million dollar investment.
KSI is a strong supporter of the cryptocurrency market, especially bitcoin. He claimed that BTC will be crucial to the monetary system of the future last year. The rapper continued, claiming that he would have given each UK citizen £100 worth of bitcoin if he were the Prime Minister.
BTC is the ideal investment vehicle in KSI’s opinion. He believes that after ten years, individuals who have some exposure to the asset will “be laughing”:
“I feel like a lot of people are trying to search for quick money like, ‘Oh, I want to get in and out,’ but they’re not really seeing that. I’m prepared to travel a considerable distance for this.
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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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