02 June 2022 22:00, UTC
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An NFT assortment that includes the artwork of Johnny Depp has seen its worth bounce after the actor received a defamation swimsuit in opposition to ex-wife Amber Heard yesterday.
— By no means Concern Reality (@JohnnyDeppNFT) June 1, 2022
The three,850 “By no means Concern Reality” NFTs have a flooring worth of 0.517 ETH (round $944) as of this writing. Earlier than the televised defamation trial, the gathering didn’t see a lot traction since its launch in late January, when the gathering had a beginning worth of 0.70 ETH, with peak gross sales logged on March 11 1.64 ETH.
Costs fell to 0.55 ETH the next week. On the time, Ethereum was buying and selling at $2,664.56 per coin, in line with CoinMarketCap.
The “By no means Concern Reality” assortment of generative artwork on OpenSea is minted on Ethereum, that includes paintings by Depp. The venture was verified as genuine by MakersPlace final month. Among the many assortment are photographs of “Buddies and Heroes” from Depp’s previous, together with Heath Ledger, Tim Burton, River Phoenix, Elizabeth Taylor, Al Pacino, and Hunter S. Thompson.
607 items function Depp himself.
Picture: By no means Concern Reality on OpenSea
“On this first public publicity of Johnny’s artwork, he has focussed on individuals he has recognized nicely, and who’ve impressed him as an individual,” the outline reads. “Every picture is an intimate reflection of their character in Johnny’s eyes; a portrayal of how they’ve revealed themselves to him.”
Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are cryptographically distinctive tokens linked to digital (and typically bodily) content material, offering proof of possession. Based on the OpenSea itemizing, every “By no means Concern Reality” NFT will act as a membership to a artistic neighborhood and future releases by Depp.
Depp is just not the primary controversial movie star to enter the NFT market. In December, the rapper turned actor Ice-T launched an NFT assortment with Niftify. Ice-T’s 1992 album “Physique Rely” was nationally controversial for the protest track “Cop Killer,” written from the angle of a personality fed up with police brutality.
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NFTs are themselves controversial, with players and artists pushing again in opposition to what they see as a money seize or, worse, a rip-off, to not point out the environmental impression of NFTs minted on proof of labor blockchains like Ethereum that’s within the technique of shifting to a proof of stake algorithm.