On March 11, 2021, Christie’s, the British auction house founded in 1779, sold the works of Picasso and Leonardo da Vinci – their first digital-cable art auction ended. Entitled “Daily Days: The First 5000 Days” by artist Beeple, the artwork has sold for Rs $69,346,250, making it the most expensive piece in history.
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s first tweet is also up for auction, with the current highest bid at $2.5 million. Both this tweet and Beeple artwork know as NFT. So how do we get here? In addition, what exactly is an NFT? NFT is a “non-fungible token”. When an item camouflaged, it is interchangeable with other identical items. For example, you can exchange one penny for another penny of the same value and in the same thing comes out.
However, when something is non-fungal – such as a painting or a unique trading card – it is homogeneous and has no interchangeable part. An NFT can be anything digital, a picture to a song to a tweet about a cat. However, digital files are easily forged and seen by many people and are not real physical objects that you can keep in your home or gallery. Therefore, NFT is like a certificate of ownership of a digital item, which directly linked to the digital item.
NFTs are part of the blockchain, the equivalent of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin – blockchain is a digital account that holds the record of cryptocurrencies transactions. In fact, according to Coindesk, one of the earliest forms of NPT emerged in early 2012 as an offshore bitcoin.
These were “colored coins”; fractions of bitcoin tagged by associating them with real-world resources with unique information. Being part of the blockchain means that NFT records cannot forge, as ownership records are unselected. In addition, as the NFT Marketplace puts Nifty gateways, NFTs “live in a blockchain, so no one can ever snatch them from you, not even the person who created them.”
Artists can even code their NFTs for future business income from their work, typically cutting between 2.5 and 10 percent. Some NFT marketplaces even allow NFTs to have unlocked able content, visible only to the buyer. Recent publicity near the NFT has involved some famous faces. William Shiner, best known for his role as Captain Kirk on Star Trek, has released an intimate collection of images from his personal life and film career as a digital memory card that can now bought, sold and transacted on the Wax blockchain.