NFTs first appeared in 2017. Since then, works of art, pieces of music, sports performances: everything (or almost) seems to be able to be linked to a digital asset via this cryptocurrency. A short tour of the field of possibilities.
Cryptocurrency emerged in 2017, NFTs, for “non-fungible tokens”, make it possible to authenticate an object, digitally or physically, and to certify its unique character. Non-fungible objects therefore, which can not be replaced and whose value can easily exceed one million euros. Here, buyers, collectors or speculators invest in items that mark the history of the Internet and can have their place in a future virtual museum, as the first text message ever sent.
en “Merry Christmas“sent on December 3, 1992 at 6:09 pm and received by Richard Jarvis then director of the operator Vodafone, will go on sale next December 21. This first text message in history will go on sale as a digital image with an estimated value between 100,000 and 200,000 euros.
Works of art
Signed by the artist Beeple, “Weekdays: the first 5,000 days“is a collection of drawings and animations made daily for 5,000 days in a row by artist Mike Winkelmann, the man behind the pseudonym Beeple.”Weekdays: the first 5,000 days“, authenticated NFT, sold for $ 69.3 million, or more than 61 million euros, March last year. And last November, again for the digital artist, he pocketed $ 28.9 million while selling a physical work this time: “HUMAN ONE,” an animated 3-dimensional sculpture representing an individual dressed in a space suit. evolving in different universes.
Songs, clips or albums
The world of music is also succumbing to this new cryptocurrency. Artists like Mike Shinoda, singer from Linkin Park, or Shawn Mendes have sold songs or clips in the form of NFT. The most recent are the rockers from the group King of Leon, who in March announced the release of their new album “When you see yourself“in NFT version to the value of 50 €. Here, NFTs have a significant advantage: There is almost no intermediary between the artist and his audience. And it is not only rock that smelled the real pipe. The French rapper Booba also decided to take advantage of NFTs. Duc de Boulogne has put NFT cards up for sale, each giving exclusive access to different titles and their clips.
Additional content in French video games
On December 9, French video game giant Ubisoft launched its NFT platform: Quartz. Its players can now get certified and traceable virtual objects through Tezo’s blockchain. The idea here is not new. Fortnite already offers to purchase additional items to personalize its gaming experience, it has even become its business. The advantage of Ubisoft, which goes through NFT certification, is to offer its users authenticated objects, with limited access with serial numbers. Items that other players will not be able to use.
Moments of legendary sport
NFTs also get involved in team sports. Across the Atlantic, in 2021 the NBA launched the NBA Top Shop, the most powerful platform to date. It allows you to purchase player cards or the video of an NFT-approved sports moment. Admittedly, these sporting moments are most often already available for free on Youtube, but the NBA Top Shop makes it a collectible and authenticated as unique. Also in France, the concept seduces. This year, the newly launched Sorare announced fundraising of almost 600 million euros. A sum collected thanks to a unique concept: collection of virtual cards representing football players, all NFT certified.
Who says good athlete says good pair of basketball and Nike understood it well. Already in 2019, the comma brand patented a blockchain system to link digital assets to a physical product and make the latter completely unique. When you purchase a pair of Nike CryptoKicks that are NFT certified, you will receive a digital asset associated with the unique identifier for that pair of shoes.
Tweets, text messages
Among the other NFT-approved curiosities put up for sale is the very first tweet from Jack Dorsey, one of the founders of Twitter. Sold as an NFT, the digital image of this tweet cost its buyer $ 2.9 million.
There’s also the first version of Wikipedia’s digital encyclopedia, sold for $ 750,000.
Cult scenes from Tarantino
In November 2021, director Quentin Tarantino announced that he was selling seven unseen scenes from his film Pulp Fiction in NFT. Production company Warner Bros. has also announced it will sell 100,000 of these NFTs to the release of the Fourth Matrix.
Items belonging to Napoleon I
From the 2nd to the 8th of December, the Imperial Art Gallery, specializing in objects from the First Empire, put up for sale personal belongings of Napoleon I, each accompanied by a digital copy in the NFT. For sale were: The Emperor’s cane, an imperial bust, a snuff box in gold, a miniature portrait and a handwritten letter from the emperor, all with an NFT chip to connect them to their digital twin.