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World’s First NeoMaster™ Sold – MORF Gallery and Oxia Palus Pave the Way to Recover Thousands of Lost Historic Masterpieces with Artificial Intelligence

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SAN JOSE, Calif., April 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — MORF Gallery, a Silicon Valley and Hollywood-based creator, enabler and purveyor of fine art, is getting the attention of collectors and investors across the globe as initial sales of the world’s first NeoMaster™ have now been completed. MORF Gallery partnered with Oxia Palus, a London-based new age technology company dedicated to using artificial intelligence to resurrect the world’s most important lost artwork, to co-develop two patent-pending processes that enable the recreation of masterpieces hidden under other paintings. The recreated masterpieces are produced on canvas and on a proprietary NFT ArtStick™ for digital display. The April 8, 2021 press release entitled, ‘AI Enables First Hidden Masterpiece on Canvas – Long Lost Behind a Pablo Picasso’, can be found here.

MORF Gallery and Oxia Palus are presenting the reconstruction of a lost masterpiece; Santiago Rusiñol's 'Parc del Laberint d'Horta' - the world's first NeoMaster™. Beneath Pablo Picasso's 'The Crouching Beggar' lies a historically significant work of art believed to be of Parc del Laberint d'Horta near Barcelona, a place long recognized as a foundational influence for Rusiñol and Picasso. These 100 limited editions will never be available again.

MORF Gallery and Oxia Palus are presenting the reconstruction of a lost masterpiece; Santiago Rusiñol’s ‘Parc del Laberint d’Horta’ – the world’s first NeoMaster™. Beneath Pablo Picasso’s ‘The Crouching Beggar’ lies a historically significant work of art believed to be of Parc del Laberint d’Horta near Barcelona, a place long recognized as a foundational influence for Rusiñol and Picasso. These 100 limited editions will never be available again.

“Just like art history was made when Beeple’s ‘EVERYDAYS: THE FIRST 5000 DAYS‘  became the first purely digital artwork (NFT) offered at Christie’s, and sold for $69,346,250, the ability to bring back the first lost painting on canvas that has not been seen in generations may be even more profound for the art world”, said Scott Birnbaum, CEO, Co-founder of MORF Gallery. “Together with our partner Oxia Palus and a growing collective of leading fine artists who combine their creativity with state-of-the-art technologies like AI, machine learning, robotics and neuroscience, MORF Gallery is ushering in a new era where lost masters, and new future masters, can be appreciated by fine art lovers, investors and museums.”

The backstory is that beneath Pablo Picasso’s ‘The Crouching Beggar’ lies a lost masterpiece. This hidden work of art is believed to be of Parc del Laberint d’Horta near Barcelona, a place long recognized as a foundational influence for Santiago Rusiñol and Pablo Picasso. Using processed X-Ray fluorescence images of ‘The Crouching Beggar’ and paintings from Rusiñol, Oxia Palus reconstructed the lost masterpiece – Parc del Laberint d’Horta – to now become the world’s first NeoMaster. Informed fine art collectors and investors now have the rare opportunity to collect one of the numbered limited edition NeoMaster, exclusively at MORF Gallery, currently priced at $11,111.11, before they reach the secondary market. This first NeoMaster measures 101.3 x 66.0 cm, precisely the size of Picasso’s ‘The Crouching Beggar’. Only 100 editions will ever be created. This work will never be produced again. Each canvas is protected by patent-pending anti-fraud technology and is accompanied by an NFT ArtStick. 

Among the initial buyers of the world’s first NeoMaster was Guy King, a Melbourne, Australia-based, self-taught, self-proclaimed tech nerd and founder of the first crowdsourced online coupon site, RetailMeNot, which hit a peak market cap of $1.5B. King is now an angel investor and mentor who seeds Australian tech start-ups and likes helping others. King shared this about his NeoMaster acquisition, “With a background in creative technology, acquiring the NeoMaster was an obvious fit for my personal collection. The work is a really fascinating intersection between art and technology.” 

To learn more about the world’s first NeoMaster or set up a private consultation, visit MORF Gallery.

The media and interested parties can access assets, images and videos of works from all MORF Gallery artists here.

MORF Gallery, a Silicon Valley and Hollywood-based creator, is an enabler and purveyor of fine art from award-winning artists that produce one-of-a-kind and limited-edition pieces using breakthrough technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, and neuroscience. MORF Gallery adds a new experiential dimension with an industry-first NFT ArtStick™ that transforms any TV into a mind-expanding art gallery that takes premium collecting to a new level for art lovers, collectors and NFT art investors. ArtStick™ is a trademark of MORF Gallery. Artists who are interested in learning more about how to potentially become part of the MORF Gallery collective can contact scott@morf.gallery.

Oxia Palus is a London-based artificial intelligence startup founded by two technology Ph.D. candidates with the mission of resurrecting the world’s lost art. Oxia Palus has engineered a proprietary approach combining artistic creation and technologically. NeoMaster™ is a trademark of Oxia Palus.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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