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The 'original gangstas' of NFT art featured in the sale include Coldie, XCOPY, Matt Kane, and Sarah Zucker.

Bonhams Joins NFT Auction Craze Selling ‘CryptOGs’

XCOPY, The Death of Cash (2021) (still, cropped). NFT artwork. Courtesy the artist and Bonhams.

Following in the footsteps of Christie's, Sotheby's and Phillips, fine art auction house Bonhams is now auctioning off a selection of NFTs.

The sale, entitled CryptOGs: The Pioneers of NFT Art, is now live on Bonhams' website, where you can see animated versions of the works. Bidding closes on 30 June.

Alotta Money, Pauline at the Mall (2021) (still). NFT.

Alotta Money, Pauline at the Mall (2021) (still). NFT. Courtesy the artist and Bonhams.

CryptOGs features works by nine artists who were minting NFTs before nonfungible tokens hit the headlines. Three of them were featured in Sotheby's Natively Digital: A Curated NFT Sale auction earlier this month.

At that auction, Sarah Zucker's Self Transcending sold for $22,680, Matt Kane's Meules after Claude Monet for $214,200, and XCOPY's NGMI for $378,000.

The other six artists participating in CryptOGs are Coldie, Osinachi, Alotta Money, Miss Al Simpson, Mattia Cuttini, and Janne.

Coldie, Proof of Work (Conceived 2018, minted 2021). NFT.

Coldie, Proof of Work (Conceived 2018, minted 2021). NFT. Courtesy the artist and Bonhams.

'These artists have had a lasting impact on the landscape of digital art and will go down in art history as pioneers in the field,' said Nima Sagharchi, head of digital art at Bonhams.

The audition is being conducted in collaboration with NFT platform SuperRare.

'We are excited to partner with Bonhams, as they understand the importance of contextualizing NFTs from the perspectives of CryptoArt natives, and are keen to establish art historic narratives around CryptoArt as an art movement,' said An Rong, SuperRare's art and cultural programme director. —[O]

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