Beeple’s Programmable Artwork Sells for $29 Million

November 12, 2021, 9:30 AM AEST - 2 weeks ago

The American digital artist known as Beeple is making headlines again with his latest installation artwork, Human One, paired with an NFT, selling at auction house Christie’s 21st Century Evening Sale for almost US$29 million.

Human One, by Michael Winkelmann, aka Beeple.

Human One is a 3D mobile sculpture of a person in a spacesuit moving through different landscapes. In what is the first physical piece of art from Beeple (aka Michael Winkelmann), the life-sized astronaut-like figure is contained inside a translucent box, which the artist describes as “the first portrait of a human born in the metaverse”. 

The accompanying digital piece is the NFT containing the deed of ownership, minted on the Ethereum blockchain.

Beeple Holds Dual Record

Beeple now holds the record for both the most expensive and the second-most expensive non-fungible token (NFT) artworks ever sold.

In March, Beeple sold his ‘Everydays: The first 5000 days’ digital art collection for a mammoth US$60.25 million, setting a new NFT benchmark.

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