New record for most expensive NFT

The Merge is, what can be called, fragmented #art. Each of the ‘masses’ cost $575 when the sale began, but the price of the tokens went up by $25 every six hours.  Pak, a pseudonymous artist (or artist collective), has been at the forefront of #digitalart and #crypto media for more than 20 years, best known for creating Archillect, an #AI built to discover and share stimulating visual media.

First commercial bitcoin transaction

Laszlo Hanyecz in 2010 spent exactly $41 for two pizzas from the famous pizza chain Papa John’s, but instead of paying in dollars, he decided to make the transaction in #Bitcoin, paying 10.000 BTC.

Well, Bitcoins’ value has grown exponentially in recent years, and with that same amount of bitcoin today it would be possible to buy around 22.5 million of those same pizzas.

In honor of that first bitcoin transaction, a dedicated day was instituted, the #bitcoinpizzaday. A temporary virtual pizzeria called “Bitcoin pizza” was also opened last year.

One cat for the price of a flat

CryptoKitties is a #blockchain game on Ethereum developed by Canadian studio Dapper Labs, first released in 2017. The game involves breeding of digital cats to generate progeny that become valued collectibles. A CryptoKitty’s ownership is tracked via a smart contract on the Ethereum blockchain, and the kitties themselves are represented as #NFTs.

The game gained explosive growth upon its release but quickly collapsed in a short time. The highest prices reached for these kitties in fact were mostly touched upon release.
The oversupply of kitties and the consequent loss of profit contributed in the rapid decline of the game.

NBA top shots

Have you ever heard about NBA Top Shots? 🏀
NBA Top Shot is an online exchange that sells #NFTs of NBA highlights, and is licensed by the National Basketball Association. Purchasers are given verified ownership of a URL that links to a site where the NBA highlight (in video form) is located.

The value of Top Shot NFTs is derived from the market, and not the utility or unlimited bundle of rights that accompany the #digital trading card. Because the NBA releases only limited quantities of each NFT, demand surpasses supply, resulting in price increases.

Tweet NFT

💬 Did you know that #tweets could be sold as #NFTs as well? The first one ever sold was auctioned by none other than one of Twitter’s founders, Jack Dorsey. The NFT represents his first ever published tweet on the platform back in 2006.

Most expensive NFT

We have seen the first #NFT evaluated at $1 million, the Forever Rose, but did you know which one is the most expensive? 💸🖼

It is called Everydays: The first 5000 days and was evaluated $69.3 million. The record-smashing NFT sale came after months of increasingly valuable auctions.
In October 2020, Winkelmann sold his first series of NFTs, with a pair going for $66.6k each. In December 2020, he sold a series of works for $3.5 million total. And on April, one of the NFTs that originally sold for $66.6k was resold for $6.6 million.

The #auction’s winner didn’t get much: a #digital file, mostly, plus some vague rights to present the image. But Winkelmann expects to work with the buyer to find various ways to display the piece physically, whether that’s on a TV in their house or projected onto the side of a building at #Art Basel.

Forever Rose

Lately, #NFTs prices have been skyrocketing. But did you know when for the first time, one of these #crypto arts reached the $1 million sale price? 🖼🌐 It was in 2018 and the NFT in question is the “Forever Rose”. 🌹

The cost of this artwork was split between 10 collectors (if you’d like to know who they are, their names are listed on the Forever rose website). This project was made up by the photographer and a team, with the purpose to bring #blockchaintechnology to the real world and people, helping artists and content creators to present their work to a global audience. “People traditionally have valued things they can see and feel. But some of the most valuable things — like #love, for example — can be felt but not seen,” Abosch stated. “#Art reduced to its essence is about the idea.”

It is said that the Forever Rose Project will help pave the way for art to be integrated with blockchain technology, protecting and storing the #value of art eternally.

Squid Token

The SQUID #crypto inspired by the popular Netflix series was launched just a couple of weeks ago, and since its release, it included plenty of red flags. This kind of scam is commonly called a “rug pull” by crypto investors, and the anonymous hucksters made off with an estimated $3.38 million.

However, #cryptocurrency experts had warned of several tell-tale signs that it was likely to be a scam. The contract that governed SQUID was complex and included the impossibility of getting rid of the #token without some odd mechanisms.
The project’s whitepaper and website also contained several grammatical errors, and their founders had no social profiles. Other red flags, as reported by Gizmodo, included the fact that #SQUID’s Telegram channel didn’t allow comments from outsiders, and the Twitter account made it impossible for anyone to reply to posts.

Cryptofriendly Countries

🇨🇭 Switzerland has 450 blockchain-based organizations, and it offers liberal administrative and duty treatment for newly developed blockchain businesses.
🇩🇪 The German government considers cryptocurrency to be ‘private money’. They are not subjected to VAT during transactions and are exempted from the long-term capital gains tax.
🇲🇹 Malta is also known as “Blockchain Island”. The Maltese government fully supports cryptocurrencies, despite the local banks not being onboard with the idea. Nevertheless, Malta has a set framework for companies and #startups that work with blockchain.
Have you already checked on these countries? Let us know!

First NFT ever

Have you ever wondered when and who minted the first #NFT? 🌐🖼
Kevin McCoy is a media artist whose works extend from film and video to installation and generative #software. His work often reconfigures viewing conventions to tease out the gap between representation and lived experience. To this end, he builds active systems for art creation and viewing.
“The NFT phenomenon is deeply a part of the art world,” says McCoy. “It emerged from the long history of artists engaging with creative technology.”
Through #tokenization, programmability, collaboration, royalties, and more direct connections between artists and collectors, NFTs may soon be a technology vital to everyday life.