New York Times: Why Did Someone Pay $560,000 for a Picture of My Column?

If I wanted to I could make ResearchBuzz 100% NFT stories right now. I don’t want to. But I do want to pick out a few here and there. New York Times: Why Did Someone Pay $560,000 for a Picture of My Column?. “When I pitched the idea to my bosses, I thought the stunt might attract a handful of bids from curious Times readers who had spare Ethereum, the cryptocurrency being used for the auction, burning a hole in their digital wallets. Maybe we’d raise a few hundred dollars for charity and explain the complicated process of creating and selling NFTs along the way. I set the auction’s minimum price low — 0.5 Ether, or about $800 — and was nervous I might not get even that much.”

NFT goldrush: A roundup of the strangest nonfungible tokens (CNET)

CNET: NFT goldrush: A roundup of the strangest nonfungible tokens. “Real digital artists are making real money on NFTs. Take Beeple. He’s a digital artist with a huge fanbase, over 1.8 million followers on Instagram. Art he sold as an NFT recently fetched $69 million in a Christie’s auction. That’s insane to you or me, but not to people who frequent Christie’s auctions, who spend $60 million on abstract expressionist paintings. But even if there is a small percentage of NFT sales you can make sense of, there are many more which are absolutely, positively nuts.”

The Verge: The Climate Controversy Swirling Around NFTs

The Verge: The Climate Controversy Swirling Around NFTs. “Individual pieces of crypto art, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), are at least partially responsible for the millions of tons of planet-heating carbon dioxide emissions generated by the cryptocurrencies used to buy and sell them. Some artists — including those who have already benefited from the craze — think it’s a problem that can be easily solved. Others think the proposed solutions are a pipe dream.”

TechCrunch: Memes for sale

TechCrunch: Memes for sale. “The creator of the Nyan Cat, Chris Torres, has organized an informal collection of meme originators — the creators or original popularizers of meme images — into a two-week-long auction of their works. Under the hashtag #memeconomy the creators of memes like Bad Luck Brian, Coughing Cat, Kitty Cat Dance, Scumbag Steve, Twerky Pepe and some others are finally finding a way to monetize the creation of genuine cultural phenomena that have been used freely for decades.”

Washington Post: What is an NFT, and how did an artist called Beeple sell one for $69 million at Christie’s?

Washington Post: What is an NFT, and how did an artist called Beeple sell one for $69 million at Christie’s?. “Using the same principles behind cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, NFTs allow people to claim ownership over specific digital files, be they songs, videos or static images. Beeple, whose real name is Mike Winkelmann, is the latest beneficiary of a rush into NFTs that’s a side effect of the fast-growing interest in digital currencies and the technology behind them.”

Spotted via Reddit: NFT Hub

Spotted via Reddit (I think) and apparently launching next month: NFT Hub. From the front page: “NFT Hub hosts monthly exhibits that feature the most interesting digital assets. We aim to show a curated collection of NFTs, along with their histories, their owners, and their prices.” Of course, I think the countdown date resolves to April 1st, so this could be crap. If it is I apologize for putting crap on your radar.

PetaPixel: First-Ever Hologram to be Auctioned as Crypto Art Popularity Grows

PetaPixel: First-Ever Hologram to be Auctioned as Crypto Art Popularity Grows. “Hologram company Looking Glass Factory has announced a collaboration with musician Reggie Watts and electronic band Panther Modern to create a hologram crypto art piece to be auctioned through Zora on March 11 called ‘The NonCompliance of Being.’ The crypto art market is exploding, with non-fungible tokens (NFT) becoming a commonplace term. According to Looking Glass Factory, the popularity of the format is a long time coming.”