Beeple, artist at the leading edge of a delirious digital market

New York (AFP) – Six months ago he had not sold any work — but on Thursday one of his creations will exceed $13 million at auction. The American artist Beeple is at the vanguard of an exploding virtual market, feverishly fuelled by digital collectors. The numbers, naturally, make him smile. Yet at 39, Beeple — whose real name is Mike Winkelmann — is keeping his feet on the ground, even though he admits it’s all “a little head spinning.” Beeple, from Charleston, South Carolina, is the artist behind the first ever 100 percent virtual piece sold at Christie’s auction house: his “Everydays: The…

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