The youngest celeb to suddenly realize the immense artistic importance of tokenized art (or make money depending on your perspective) is the rapper and co-founder of the Fyre Festival, Ja Rule, who is auctioning a 48-inch by 60-inch oil painting by the Fyre Fest company logos with accompanying NFT. The auction with a minimum price of $ 600,000 starts today on Flipkick.
Fyre Festival was a much-touted luxury festival in the Bahamas in 2017 with $ 100,000 ticket packages that turned into a legendary disaster. Co-founder Billy McFarland landed in jail for six years for a $ 28 million fraud, but Ja Rule was cleared of all wrongdoing. Apparently he still has bad feelings. “Fuck this painting” he writes in his notes about the NFT and the painting.
Rule’s long history with NFTs goes back at least “a few weeks” – when he first discovered the concept. “I wasn’t very well trained and I’m still learning a lot about it,” Forbes quoted him as saying.
“I think people are a little tired of investing in stocks and bonds on a regular basis.”
Dance moves tokenized
The performing arts company Beauty in the Streets has partnered with Enjin Blockchain to give dancers the ability to mark their signature movements as non-fungible token-based “emotes”. The symbolized collectibles represent particularly tricky movements – think Michael Jackson’s walk on the moon – which are then sold to players for use as animated emojis in participating games.
Snap Boogie’s ‘Speedy Walkovers’, the first symbolized move, is up for auction today and can be used in the AlterVerse game with Enjin support.
Tezos talks about green NFTs
After the art community’s backlash against ArtStation over the environmental cost of minting NFTs last week, a new NFT marketplace on Tezos is talking about its energy efficiency.
Hic et Nunc, an NFT marketplace developed by Brazilian developer Rafael Lima, has been online for about two weeks. A digital art beacon Mike Tyka has now coined his Portraits of Imaginary People collection as NFTs, which includes work previously exhibited at Christies. He said:
“Minting NFTs with Ethereum would ruin years of trying to reduce my personal climate footprint at the push of a button. After discovering a few recommended alternatives, I felt like I would endorse what I see if, if.” I want to enter this space as the only practical and ethical future of NFTs. “
Ok, here’s my first #NFT on @ hicetnunc2000 #Tezos, a little piece I made in 2018. #PoS https://t.co/AGjsBcwggh
– Mike Tyka (@mtyka) March 6, 2021
Popular anti-Trump tweet for sale
In the footsteps of Jack Dorsey, who is auctioning a signed NFT of the world’s first tweet about valuables (bid up to USD 2.5 million), the political news site The Recount is selling a 1: 1 copy of a viral tweet containing a video With President Trump’s eccentric coronavirus statements released from March 2020.
The tweet, dubbed “Trump’s coronavirus calendar,” was viewed by nearly nine million people at the time. The auction starts today on the NFT marketplace Zora.
Let’s not forget the months of downplaying and denial as Trump enters coronavirus crisis mode. pic.twitter.com/gH1xZAHXm5
– The recount (@therecount) March 17, 2020
Cristiano Ronaldo collectible sells for a record $ 290K
A rare soccer collectible starring Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo sold for $ 289,920 over the weekend. This is the highest price yet for an officially licensed sports trading card (even against NBA’s Top Shot).
The collectible was part of the Sorare fantasy soccer game officially licensed by 126 of the world’s best teams.
IMPRESSIVE! Congratulations to FC Camembert for just breaking our #Sorare market record.
The unique 2020-21 Cristiano Ronaldo card was bought on the transfer market for USD 289,920. #OwnYourGame ⚽️
Serial number: 1/1
Price: $ 289920 pic.twitter.com/unLS9aXaN1
– Sorare (@SorareHQ) March 14, 2021