Digital artist Mike Winkelmann, also known as Beeple, has made history again after his latest piece at NFT. Everydays: The First 5000 Days raised more than $ 69 million for Christie’s auction house.
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The final award puts Beeple in an elite company when it comes to living artists.. Only two other living artists, Jeff Koons and David Hockney, created more expensive works.
As Cointelegraph previously reported, “Everydays” consists of 5,000 unique images that have been produced daily for almost 14 years. Topics include society’s obsession and fear of technology, the desire and resentment against wealth, and America’s unstable political history.
Strangely enough Beeples “Everydays” was the first digital artwork to be shown at Christie’s. The piece was minted exclusively for the auction house and once again underlines the growing popularity of NFTs. In October 2020, Christie’s also sold a Bitcoin and NFT-themed artwork for $ 131,250.
Noah Davis, contemporary and post-war art expert at Christie’s, said at the time:
“Acquiring Beeple’s works is a unique opportunity to have an entry on the blockchain created by one of the world’s leading digital artists.”
The NFT market has grown in popularity over the past 12 months. There disrupted the traditional arts, sports and music industries. The sports industry adopted NFTs early on, as evidenced by the growing popularity of NBA Top Shot.