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Unreleased Photos of Kobe Bryant Will be Auctioned Off as NFTs

A collection of never-before-seen photos of late NBA legend Kobe Bryant is being issued as an NFT.

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On Cryptograph, eight never-before-seen black-and-white photos of Kobe Bryant will be offered as NFTs. The “Kobe” collection will include photographs taken in 1999 when Bryant was a rising celebrity at 23.

The Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation will profit from the proceeds of the sale. The organization is a non-profit that helps underserved communities support sports programs. Davis Factor of Smashbox Studios shot the photos at a historic meatpacking building in downtown Los Angeles.

The shoot was described as “a dream come true” by Factor, who added, “I think this shoot is special because it’s one of his first fashion shoots.” The goal of the collection was to “generate as much money as humanly possible” for Kobe Bryant’s foundation.

Each of the eight NFTs will be auctioned off as a one-of-a-kind edition to mark “Kobe Day,” which falls on the Hall of Famer’s birthday.

The Kobe collection will be followed up by other series to honor the platform’s first anniversary, according to Tommy Alastra, co-founder of Cryptograph and a friend of Bryant.

Athletes and NFTs are still a winning combination

While Kobe Bryant is one of the most well-known names in the NFT world right now, he is far from the only athlete who has been memorialized on the blockchain, whether past or present. Autograph.io recently released NFTs of Tom Brady and Wayne Gretzky. The entire collection was quickly sold out, with Tiger Woods and Tony Hawk NFTs soon released.

The Golden State Warriors, for example, have jumped on the NFT hype bandwagon. The Warriors issued an NFT collection earlier in 2021 to commemorate the team’s championship victories with digital rings. Every NFT ring was auctioned off, with the higher-end transactions including a tangible championship ring for admirers to enjoy. There are currently no actual items associated with the Kobe Bryant NFT auction on Cryptograph.

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Instagram Issues A Warning To A Colombian NFT Artist For Selling Cocaine NFTs

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NFTs have increased in popularity to the point where they are now one of the most well-known selling methods online. Due to the ease with which these NFTs may be minted, people are now selling photos of everything. People have sold everything from terrible rock photographs to NFTs. To a $250k Instagram influencer who is selling her love as an NFT. The NFT craze has even reached children. For example, 12-year-old Benjamin Ahmed made six figures selling an NFT series called Weird Whales that he designed.

There appears to be no limit to what can be marketed as NFTs on the Internet at this time. Camilo Restrepo, a Colombian artist, has now demonstrated no limit to what can be coined and sold as NFTs.

Cocaine NFT For Sale

Medellin-based On June 17th, Restrepo began minting and selling cocaine NFTs. The NFTs were 3D images of white rectangles offered as part of the NFTa series, dubbed “a ToN oF coke” by the artist. The white rectangles represented one-kilogram cocaine bundles, which are commonly used to sell hard drugs. Buyers also get to keep the cocaine packs’ NFTs. About 1,000 of these NFTs were produced by Restrepo and were intended to be sold as part of the same series.

Every “bag” of NFT cocaine that the artist sold was supposed to be documented on social media. Restrepo, on the other hand, quickly discovered that his main issue would be marketing. Specifically, he is using social media sites to advertise his art.

Every time the artist posted a sale of an NFT on platforms like Twitter, Restrepo would find that the post was soon after taken down or his account shut down. This happened after the artist had his account reported after posting the sale of cocaine NFT. Moving to Instagram, the artist ran into pretty much the same problem with the image-dominated social media platform.

Restrepo has already had two of his cocaine NFT posts removed. With a warning that if he made the third post, his account would be removed forever if it was taken down. As a result, the artiste’s social media promotion is practically impossible. “I guess the algorithm doesn’t get the difference between crypto cocaine and the actual thing,” the artist told Input Mag of the Instagram warning.

Money Laundering?

It has long been assumed that the widespread acceptance of NFTs is due to their use as a means of money laundering. In addition, cryptocurrencies have been linked to the illegal drug trade. As a result, Colombian banks have made it challenging to purchase cryptocurrency in the country. Although the artist devised a workaround by having the Ethereum used to pay for his NFTs returned to his buyers, who would then send Colombian pesos to his bank account in exchange for the cryptocurrencies.

Mr. Whale, a well-known crypto expert, brought attention to the usage of NFTs for money laundering last month. According to the analyst, wealthy people were merely utilizing these NFTs to shift their ill-gotten money through a channel that cleaned it up and made it look legal. Mr. Whale likened the approach to how money is laundered through the use of physical art. And it’s easy to see where the analyst is coming from, given the high quality of the art being sold for millions of dollars as NFTs.

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A YouTuber has Exchanged his Tesla Roadster for an NFT

“Looking back in a year, two years, or three years, this could be a monumentally idiotic decision, but it could also be a fantastic decision,” Dan Markham said.

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Dan Markham, the creator of the What’s Inside YouTube channel with seven million subscribers, has swapped his Tesla Roadster for a single nonfungible token.

Markham traded a blue Tesla Roadster — which he claimed may be worth “a quarter-million dollars pretty soon” — for a nonfungible token of a “positive porcupine” in a video posted to his What’s Inside Family channel on Sept. 15. The NFT was created as part of the VeeFriends project and is owned by Eli Burton, the creator of the graphic novel The Adventures of Starman.

“Looking back in a year, two years, three years, it may be a monumentally idiotic decision, but it could also be a fantastic decision. I feel these automobiles will hold their worth for a long time, and I am a firm believer in NFTs.”

YouTuber added:

“It’s a picture for a car — clearly he’s getting the better end of this deal.”

Before learning of Markham’s offer, Burton said he had planned to sell the digital painting for more than $100,000. But, according to the graphic novelist, trading the NFT for the car was “as simple as supply and demand,” as there were 10,000 tokens available at a starting price of $60,000 apiece. VeeFriends has a list of 40 porcupines that seem alike in a range of settings.

“Having it makes practically no difference in terms of money – whether it’s in a collector automobile or a collectible NFT — it’s still collectible,” Markham said.

Even though the two collectors exchanged NFTs on the blockchain, the transaction was primarily conducted in the real world, with Markham physically handing Burton the Tesla’s paper title and key. The porcupine is presently listed on OpenSea with a top bid of 16.339 Wrapped Ether (WETH) — around $56,445 at the time of publication — but Markham stated that he intends to keep the NFT in order to obtain access to a VeeFriends token holders-only conference.

NFTs have also been linked to physical collectibles by certain cryptocurrency users. For example, in July, an entrepreneur held simultaneous auctions for an Apple co-founder Steve Jobs job application and an NFT. The actual paper sold for $343,000, while the NFT received a final bid of 12 Ether (ETH), or $27,460 at the moment.

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NFTs Inspired by Freddie Mercury is Being Released to Benefit an AIDS Charity

On the 75th anniversary of his birth, the renowned musician is honored with a special NFT collection.

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Four digital collectible artworks inspired by the late Freddie Mercury will be auctioned soon. On what would have been the singer’s 75th birthday, the auction will take place.

Blake Kathryn, Chad Knight, Mat Maitland, and MBSJQ contributed artwork to the collectibles. SuperRare, a digital art marketplace, will host the timed auction. It will go live on September 20th and will last 75 hours, according to the organizers.

Furthermore, the auction earnings will benefit the Mercury Phoenix Trust, an AIDS charity. The nonprofit was formed in remembrance of the singer by Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor and band manager Jim Beach.

Three of the NFTs in the collection feature images of the performer himself. The fourth image depicts a white grand piano with a crown on the seat and a goldfish pond in the background.

Both SupreRare and the charity linked the effort to Mercury’s inventiveness in a joint statement. “When Freddie Mercury died, he left the world an obvious artistic brief. ‘You can do whatever you want with my work as long as you don’t bore me.’

NFT Commemorations

The popularity and activity of the NFT market has exploded in the recent year. These digital collectibles took over key mainstream industries, resulting in the emergence of a digital metaverse. Some, such as Tether’s co-founder, predict that in the future, “every consumer product will have an NFT.”

Like the Freddie Mercury NFT, various examples of this technology have been deployed in space for commemorative and charitable objectives.

Beeple, a well-known digital artist, sold an NFT for $6 million and donated the earnings to the OpenEarth Foundation. Pele, a Brazilian footballer, also sold NFTs as digital trading cards and donated the proceeds to his charity.

NFTs also allow for the creation of a digital capsule or a remembrance of something or someone. For example, Russel Simmons and Snoop Dogg just released an NFT anthology honoring hip-hop music pioneers. Never-before-seen artwork and music from industry giants were featured in The Masterminds of Hip Hop.

Commemorative NFTs are popular outside of the music industry as well. Unreleased images of Kobe Bryant were put up for auction as NFTs in August. Bryant was photographed while he was an 18-year-old basketball player.

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