Crypto art by Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland sold for $150,000 during a silent Nifty Gateway auction on Tuesday.
However, these prices are set to be eclipsed by Roiland’s Simpsons-inspired doodle The Smintons. At press time, that piece has garnered a top bid beyond $188,000.
The Smintons auction will finalize Wednesday, with all proceeds pledged to help Los Angeles homeless encampments.
Crypto artworks like these are represented by unique “non-fungible” tokens (NFTs) stored on Ethereum’s blockchain. Just like in the ‘real world,’ art speculators consider some NFTs valuable collector’s items.
A collaborative piece called Block Heater by artist Mad Dog Jones and musician Deadmau5 recently sold via Nifty Gateway for nearly $67,000.
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Monthly NFT sales hit an all-time high in December when $8.2 million worth of crypto art was sold via auction houses — and demand shows no sign of slowing.
And earlier this week, Japanese crypto entrepreneur Miss Bitcoin announced a charity initiative to raise funds from tokenized art sales for teens affected by COVID-19.
However, those NFTs will be kept on a smaller blockchain, Enjin.