Sotheby’s holds first auction for Bitcoin version of NFT “Ordinals”

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BitcoinShrooms auction held

The well-established auction house Sotheby’s has announced that it will hold its first auction for the Bitcoin (BTC) NFT (non-fungible token) project Ordinals from December 6th to 13th.

The artwork “BitcoinShrooms” designed by artist Shroom toshi will be put up for auction.

Ordinal is a protocol that creates persistent digital assets on the Bitcoin blockchain. It is a system that assigns a number to the smallest unit of Bitcoin, “Satoshi”, and tracks data such as images and videos.

The number of transactions for the Ordinal-based token standard “BRC-20” is also rapidly increasing. The most recent high volume of transactions occurred on December 3rd, accounting for 39% of BTC network activity in terms of trading volume.

Source: @cryptokoryo (DUNE)

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What is NFT?

Abbreviation for “Non-Fungible Token”, a digital token that is non-fungible and has unique value. It is not only used for exchanging “digital items” in blockchain games, but also for proof of ownership of expensive works of art, and is a revolutionary tool for rights holders (creators) in the “secondary distribution market”, which was difficult to achieve with second-hand sales. It is also attracting attention as a means of giving back.

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What is “Bitcoin Shrooms”?

Shroom toshi describes his “BitcoinShrooms” collection as a pixel art depiction of the first 13 years of Bitcoin. He continued that it’s an homage to the 8-bit art style, which also represents nostalgia for the ’90s.

This time, the three items up for auction at Sotheby’s are the pixel-drawn mushroom-shaped characters “S”, “Sovereign Individual”, and the avocado-shaped “BIP39 Seed”.

The expected bid price for all three is approximately $20,000 to $30,000 (approximately 2.9 million yen to 4.4 million yen).

“S” stands for self-sovereignty. “Sovereign Individual” also means “sovereign individual” and is one of the earliest works in the “BitcoinShrooms” collection.

So the journey begins.

“Sovereign Individual”: you’ll own bitcoin, and you’ll be happy. pic.twitter.com/y91oFTYrEH

— BitcoinShrooms (@BitcoinShrooms) February 3, 2023

The BIP39 Seed also symbolizes a unique list of 12 to 24 words that generate a Bitcoin address and private key.

The BitcoinShrooms collection also includes over 200 other pieces that pay homage to Bitcoin’s history. For example, there are characters with a secret key motif, a character wearing a mountain-shaped hat after the Mt. Gox incident, and a character with a question mark symbolizing anonymity.

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Handling NFT from 2021

Sotheby’s will begin auctioning NFTs for the first time in 2021. In the same year, it was reported that cumulative sales of NFTs reached $100 million (approximately 11.4 billion yen).

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In June of this year, digital artist Dmitri Cherniak’s NFT “Ringers #879 (The Goose)” was sold for a high price of approximately 880 million yen.

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