British auction house Christie’s has sold a non-fungible token (NFT) by artist Mike Winckelmann, aka Beeple. A total of 353 bids were submitted for the auction.
… @beeple ‘s’ The First 5000 Days’, the 1st purely digital NFT based artwork offered by a major auction house has sold for $ 69,346,250, positioning him among the top three most valuable living artists. Major Thanks to @beeple + @makersplaceco . More details to be released shortly
– Christie’s (@ChristiesInc) March 11, 2021
Everydays: The First 5000 Days went under the hammer for $ 69.3 million. The final bid was $ 60.3 million, but the price also included commissions. The auction house noted that this made Winckelmann one of the most valuable artists living today.
Beeple commented on the results of the auction on his Twitter.
– beeple (@beeple) March 11, 2021
Everydays: The First 5000 Days is a collage of thousands of Winckelmann’s works published online since 2007. Bidding was announced on February 16 – the starting price was $ 100.
At the end of February, Beeple’s Trump NFT token was resold for $ 6.6 million . In December 2020, the artist bailed out $ 582,000 for Crossroad.
In March, Twitter creator Jack Dorsey put up his first NFT tweet for sale. At the time of writing, the maximum bid has reached $ 2.5 million. Dorsey has pledged to donate the proceeds to charity.
As a reminder, an NFT copy of Banksy’s burnt painting “Morons” went under the hammer for 228.69 ETH .