CryptoPunks Come to Christie's

Christie's is auctioning CryptoPunks, Axie Infinity is booming, Audius Collectibles arrives, & more!

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Dear Bankless Nation,

Of course, it goes without saying that there’s way more to art than money.

Yet when it does come to art and money, longstanding auction house Christie’s has the distinction of facilitating billions of dollars worth of transactions around some of humanity’s most prized artworks year in and year out.

Now after their first NFT foray with Beeple last month, Christie’s has seen firsthand that the next great wave of prized artworks are going to be digital artworks. NFT artworks.

So the auction house has done its homework and picked its next NFT focus: CryptoPunks. This is history in the making, ladies and gentlemen. Enjoy these times, we’ll always look back on them as a turning point!


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🏆 Digital Collectibles

🎨 Cryptoart

  • Sotheby’s formally announced “The Fungible” collection by Pak. Via Nifty Gateway, pieces will be auctioned from the collection between April 12th and April 14th. 

  • Art critic Jerry Saltz is joining forces with Kenny Schachter to release The First 10,000 ...

  • Decentralized music streaming platform Audius just launched Audius Collectibles, a new system that lets users showcase their NFTs along with their music. 

  • Artist Stina Jones is releasing her generative Algobots series through Art Blocks tomorrow 🤖

  • Literary experiment: Emily Segal is crowdfunding a novel, BURN ALPHA, which will be minted as an NFT via Mirror.  

🕹️ Blockchain Games

  • Axie Infinity is booming: there are now +40k addresses holding Axies, and the game’s experiencing a surge in unique visitors

  • Global fantasy ⚽ game Sorare has an epic month of tournaments lined up, details available here.

  • Lil pump’s holding an NFT drop in Aavegotchi today ...

🌐 Virtual Worlds

  • Looking to get lost in the metaverse? PortalHub in Cryptovoxels is a great place to start!

  • The final day of the WTF Are NFTs conference in Decentraland is today, and the presentations are focused on NFTs in the metaverse ...

🛒 NFT Marketplaces

💎 DeFi x NFTs

  • NFTX just launched a new interface for minting and trading.

  • NIFTEX v2 is now live on the Ethereum mainnet.

  • The Index Coop community launched its first NFT-centric index, The Metaverse Index ($MVI).  

  • Cross-Asset-Swap v1 has arrived!

  • Private NFTs? Yes please, Aztec!

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