First NFT Ever Created From 2014 Goes Up For Auction At Sotheby’s
By Alexa Heah, 10 May 2021
Image via Sotheby’s
Universally regarded as the first non-fungible token (NFT) ever created, Quantum will be on sale at Sotheby’s latest NFT auction, Natively Digital.
The auction will showcase some of the earliest, raw NFTs built on pre-Ethereum blockchains, while also including newer, more complex NFTs that reflect how far digital art has come.
Quantum, by leading new media artist Kevin McCoy, was created all the way back in 2014. McCoy and his collaborator, Anil Dash, created what was then called “monetized graphics,” with codifying provenance into an original digital work using blockchain technology. This resulted in the first-ever minted NFT.
It will go on sale with two other works, Larva Labs’ CryptoPunk #7523, and The Shell Record by Anna Ridler. More works will be unveiled in the coming weeks.
The collection will feature works from across four continents, from both “old masters” and up-and-coming digital artists. A portion of proceeds will go towards the Mint Fund and Sevens Foundation, to help artists worldwide join this growing movement.
Natively Digital will run from June 3 through June 10. For more information, visit the site here.
Announcing 'Natively Digital: A Curated NFT Sale'–an online sale that brings together a group survey of the leading NFT artists. Open for bidding from 3-10 June, the auction features the rare Alien CryptoPunk #7523 from the collection of @sillytuna & more https://t.co/hGKSbU09gK pic.twitter.com/OFu4Apxvpy— Sotheby's (@Sothebys) May 6, 2021
[via Sotheby’s, images via various sources]
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