On 11 March 2021, Christie’s sold the first non-fungible token based purely on a digital work of art ever offered by a major auction house for US$69,346,250.
We are excited to celebrate and recognise artists in a new medium, and to see how artists will utilise this technology to open up a world of new creative opportunities. NFTs have the potential to transform how we think about and establish ownership. NFTs allow us to trace provenance, exhibition history and the authenticity of ownership in digital art and other assets in a secure and permanent manner.
As one of the most trusted names within the global art market with unparalleled reach, Christie’s is guided by our commitment to quality and authenticity in an increasingly digital world.
With the advent of the digital collectible space and digital sales becoming more important to our audience, Christie’s seeks to responsibly steward the art community with a view towards the development of a sustainable NFT-based artwork environment.
We look forward to welcoming you to our upcoming NFT sales this May: Andy Warhol: Machine Made and PROOF OF SOVEREIGNTY: A Curated NFT Sale by Lady PheOnix.
About the lot
Christie’s explains everything you need to know about an NFT, or ‘non-fungible token’, in this NFT 101: Collecting Guide
Nine rare Punks from the highly collectible series will be offered in a historic single lot — direct from their creators
How Mike Winkelmann, aka the digital artist Beeple, has combined 5,000 images to create a monumental NFT-based work
Online Auctions: A guide to bidding and buying
Christie’s online-only auctions offer selected works at attractive price points, spanning fine and decorative art, jewellery, wine, watches and other luxury items. Auctions are open for bidding over an extended time period—usually 14-21 days—on our digital platform, easily accessible from a computer or mobile phone, which means you can bid 24 hours a day regardless of location.