Beeple, the digital artist behind zombie Mark Zuckerberg and a flesh-eating Baby Yoda, is about to make history.
New York auction house Christie’s will welcome bids for one of Beeple’s blockchain-powered NFTs later this month — the first ever fully-digital artwork sold by a major auction house.
Between 25 February and 11 March, Christie’s is accepting bids for Everydays: The First 5000 Days, a collage of the artist’s daily work released since May 2007.
To mark the historic sale, the NFT’s issuer MakerPlace will host a Month of Digital Art Drops featuring some of the world’s leading digital artists.
- Beeple is the world’s most popular digital artist with total sales over $9 million.
- His celebrity collaborators include Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, and deadmau5.
- Beeple sold the most valuable NFT collection of all-time, which fetched $3.5 million.
Christie’s auctioned its first NFTs last year — a 40-piece portrait of Satoshi by artist Benjamin Gentilli under project name Robert Alice.
However, Robert Alice’s pieces were auctioned with corresponding physical artworks.
The NFT market is booming and shows little sign of slowing down. Total NFT sales are rapidly approaching $100 million and more than 70,000 pieces have been sold to-date.
Christie’s is offering Everydays… with an unknown estimate value and bids will start at just $100.
Considering Beeple’s profile and the prices of his previous projects, it’s likely this piece will fetch a whole lot more.