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Sotheby’s Ups NFT Game with Launch of Metaverse Auction Platform

Maybe it’s time to retire the tulip bubble analogies.  Anyone out there who still dismisses NFTs as nothing more than a digital fetish might want to check out the announcement from Sotheby’s today.  It’s launching a dedicated marketplace for non-fungible, tokenized art called Sotheby’s Metaverse, a nod to the virtual world where NFTs are becoming …

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NFTs Are Changing Everything But Are They Built to Last? (Hint: Some Are)

Are NFTs a bubble? That’s been the burning question ever since the first specimens of this breakthrough application on the Ethereum blockchain captured the imaginations of crypto heads and non-crypto fans alike.  In this research piece for The Defiant, we will unpack this query as definitively as possible. And what better place to start than …

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This Minivan Won’t Let You Down: How Jay Pegs’ NFT Gave Birth to an Absurd Universe

I was told there would be explosions. There haven’t been any explosions, though, unless you count blown minds. As everyone else in the NFT space heralds a new era in art history, a loose crew of about 10 degens took over Crypto Twitter for a week, recruiting an army of memesters to pitch the world …

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New York’s Downtown Art Scene Embraces NFTs with Online Auction Site

If Jean-Michel Basquiat were still alive, he probably would have loved NFTs. And the American painter who captured the hip-hop, graffiti zeitgeist of 1980s’ New York probably would have been all over a new venture called ArtOfficial. Backed by serial entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk and developed by art dealer Vito Schnabel, the venture is billed as …

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Digital Beauty, Asset Flipping, and a Bad Case of the Shakes: Inside the Chase for Art Blocks NFTs

I started chasing Art Blocks NFTs on Aug. 25 during Radix’ Eccentrics 2: Orbits drop.  That may sound like gobbledygook to some, but others, including Art Blocks founder Erick Calderon, AKA Snowfro, will know that I picked the worst time to begin my quest to mint generative digital art NFT on the platform. But three …

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Christie’s to Accept Live Bids in ETH for Art Blocks NFTs

Wall Street and Washington may be in a panic about the advent of a crypto world. But not the venerable institutions in fine art — they love DeFi.   Case in point: Christie’s, the 254-year-old auction house, announced this week that it will handle the sale of Art Blocks NFTs on Oct. 1 in New York. …

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Three Arrows Founders and Mysterious Collector ‘Vincent Van Dough’ Launch $100M NFT Fund

On August 29, a prolific NFT collector who goes by the pseudonym VincentVanDough (VVD) announced that they would be launching a new NFT fund in partnership with Su Zhu and Kyle Davies, the founders of crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital. The new fund, named Starry Night Capital after one of Van Gogh’s most famous …

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48,000% Returns? Popping the Hood on NFT Mania

On-Chain Markets Update by Lucas Outumuro, IntoTheBlock NFT mania continues to grow, with new drops popping up everyday and Ethereum’s gas prices consistently back above triple digits. The recent wave into NFTs was further amplified by Visa’s acquisition of a CryptoPunk and Budweiser’s buy of the beer.eth domain.  Prices of notable NFT collections such as …

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NFT Roundup: Floors Up 2X, Visa Apes In, and a Fidenza Sells for $3.3M

NFTs have pulled in huge money and a notable financial incumbent fan in the past couple days.  Investor appetite for NFT art and collectibles shows no signs of abating. Sales volumes on OpenSea, the largest NFT marketplace, topped $100M for three consecutive days, a new record for the platform. Art Blocks FOMO And it was …

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The Defiant Guide to Art Blocks

The Defiant Guide to Art Blocks

During the big NFT surge of the past spring, the hype was around 1/1’s. Exclusive sales from named artists brought the muggles scrambling for any way they could to access platform 9 and three quarters. But didn’t that all feel all so very web2. There was some cool work created and sold but to me …

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When $114M in CryptoPunks Sell, So Do Other NFT Projects

CryptoPunk sales exploded over the past week, and the rest of the NFT market is coming along for the ride. The OG NFT avatar project has always been the biggest tour de force in the NFT marketplace, but recently the project has seen an unprecedented amount of sales, in both volume and value. From July …

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