Art world rocked as digital 'NFT' work fetches $69.3 mn

New York (AFP) – A digital collage by American artist Beeple sold Thursday for a record $69.3 million at Christie’s auctioneers, as virtual art rapidly establishes itself as a new — and highly profitable — creative genre. “Everydays: The First 5,000 Days” became the most expensive ever “non-fungible token” (NFT) — a collectible digital asset that uses blockchain technology to turn virtual work into a unique item. Christie’s said Beeple, whose real name is Mike Winkelmann, is now among the top three most valuable living artists in any medium alongside Jeff Koons and David Hockney. The 39-yea…

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