This crypto-art piece called “Everydays: The First 5000 Days” just sold in a Christie’s auction for almost $70 million, setting a world record for the price paid for digital art.
The piece, by digital artist Mike Winkelmann, better known online as Beeple, gathers together a lot of his previous digital work.
As BusinessInsider reports, this crypto-art’s auction was as volatile as the price of most cryptocurrencies, with the auction price jumping from around $15 million to nearly $70 million in just 30 minutes.
What justifies the price? You’ll be amazed at the effort involved in this!
As Christie’s put it, this is the magnum opus of Beeple, who has 1.8 million followers on Instagram and has worked with brands like Nike and Louis Vuitton.
If you look at how “Everydays: The First 5000 Days” was created, that price tag might make a lot more sense!
“In May 2007, the digital artist known as Beeple set out to create and post a new work of art online every day. He hasn’t missed a day since, creating a new digital picture every day for 5,000 days straight”, explains Christie’s.
Yes, this collage has 15 years worth of daily digital paintings like these!
As for the themes, the lot essay sums up Beeple’s themes succinctly:
“In EVERYDAYS: THE FIRST 5000 DAYS, the artist has stitched together recurring themes and color schemes to create an aesthetic whole. Organized in loose chronological order, zooming in on individual pieces reveals abstract, fantastical, grotesque, and absurd pictures, alongside current events and deeply personal moments.
Society’s obsession with and fear of technology; the desire for and resentment of wealth; and America’s recent political turbulence appear frequently throughout the work.”
You can read more about this world record and see some zoomed paintings from the main work in Christie’s announcement.