Blockchain

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NFTs

Basquiat drawing to be auctioned as an NFT—and winning bidder will be given the option to destroy the original

Drawing is being sold in an auction sponsored by the firm behind David Bowie’s online bank

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Art market

NFT breakthrough: Ethereum co-founder Joe Lubin creates 99% energy efficient blockchain—and Damien Hirst is its first artist

Hirst launches the Palm platform with a drop of 10,000 works on paper linked to NFTs that “explore the boundaries of art and currency”

Interview
Beeple

Who is Beeple? The art world disruptor at the heart of the NFT boom

From concert designer to sell-out artist, we talk to Mike Winkelmann about making millions and selling with Christie's

Comment
NFTs

The NFT craze encapsulates the absurdity of the art world—and its obsession with authenticity

Why would someone buy a non-fungible token of a rainbow-toting cat, which already exists in millions of identical copies?

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NFTs

Banksy-style NFTs have sold for $900,000—but are they the real deal and does it even matter?

One marketplace has already blocked the artist who goes by the name of Pest Supply

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Art market

‘The future of the art market’: Christie’s to become first major auction house to sell a standalone NFT work of art

With investors such as Elon Musk and Chamath Palihapitiya backing the purely digital art form, the trade is beginning to take notice

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Cryptocurrency

NFTs: a new disruptor in the art market?

Interest is growing in Non-Fungible Tokens, which represent digital works and proof of ownership

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Blockchain

Artory partners with the Winston Art Group appraisal firm to offer free vetting services

The partnership is the latest collaboration undertaken by the growing blockchain-based art registry to increase “transparency” in the art market

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Art market

Artory bags Spotify backer in first funding round

The blockchain-based art registry announces a $7.3m group investment, following the acquisition of Auction Club and partnerships with Christie’s

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Blockchain

Blockchain-based art registry Artory acquires Auction Club database

The acquisition will make public 4,000 international auction house sale records

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Technology

Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery develops blockchain app to bring Russian art to the world

Digital initiative will invite users to explore and sponsor more than 190,000 works in the collection

Analysis
The Year In Review

2018 in the market: the price is right for pale males

David Hockney was latest white male artist to set a record this year

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Art market

Major Ebsworth Collection sale at Christie’s marks the first blockchain-recorded auction

Estimated at $300m, the sale of American Modernist masterpieces will be digitally encrypted by the blockchain startup Artory

Comment
Art market

Cryptocurrencies: a moving target for regulators

"Blockchain participants have had little guidance from regulators as to how they plan to shape the law so as to protect against criminal activity"

Feature
Art market

Blockchain: Hot stuff or hot air?

The technology offers the promise of a world in which a work of art’s provenance is held on a single database—if it lives up to the hype

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Art market

Will blockchain deliver a registry of all traded works of art?

Christie’s summit weighs up pros and cons of the technology and how it might bring greater transparency to the art market

Feature
Art Basel 2018

Artists as cryptofinanciers: welcome to the blockchain

Curious new relationships between art and capital are being enabled by cryptofinance, which places “monetary value” at the heart of the creative process

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In the frame

Show me the money

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Art market

Artists would do well to invest in their own work, study says

New research suggests that artists may be better off retaining equity in their own work than investing in the stock market

Analysis
Technology

Blockchain: how the revolutionary technology behind Bitcoin could change the art market

The software has the potential to improve transparency, copyright and ownership issues