AI Art Heating Up!

Plus a CryptoPunks mooning, Beeple buyers disclosed, and interest in Axie booms.
William M. Peaster William M. Peaster Jan 8, 20212 min read
AI Art Heating Up!

Dear Bankless Nation,

This was a special week for the NFT ecosystem.

That’s because Robbie Barrat, a young masterful AI artist, just saw three of his signature works sell for 280 ETH collectively on SuperRare’s secondary marketplace.

Barrat’s a trailblazer who will go down in history as one of the all-time greats. His success is a beacon to all other AI artists that tokenizing their works as NFTs is not only viable, it’s the future.

So expect to be hearing a lot more about AI art and other related fields like generative art around the NFT space. We’ve got a lot more trailblazers coming.

In the meantime, let’s catch our breaths and catch up on the week’s news!


🏆 Digital Collectibles

  • Collector gmoney purchased rare ape CryptoPunk 8219 for 140 ETH, setting a new all-time CryptoPunks USD sales record of $150k in the process. The collector noted afterwards: “If you're looking for a high beta play on BTC/ETH, you want to be buying AAA caliber NFT projects. And as of right now, CryptoPunks is at the top of that list.”
  • CryptoPunk’s smart contract is currently securing over 1,000 ETH in bids and withdrawals.

🎨 Cryptoart

  • Metapurse.eth, a duo composed of Metakovan and Twobadour, confirmed they were the purchasers of the Beeple Everydays: The 2020 Collection on Nifty Gateway last year, a feat that cost +$2.2 million. Speaking of Beeple, he’s got Ethereum on the brain ...
  • Check out Neolastics, a new generative on-chain art project created by Simon de la Rouviere.
  • Artblocks, another new on-chain generative art project, saw Tsukamoto Hideki’s Singularity drop sell out within an hour this week. Next on the slate? Acclaimed generative artist Dmitri Cherniak.
  • Trading volume around cryptoart hit a monthly all-time of $8.2 million in Dec. 2020, up from $2.6 million in Nov. 2020.

🕹️ Blockchain Games

  • Popular Ethereum game Axie Infinity is now within the top 20,000 most visited websites in the world.
  • Liverpool FC is the latest acclaimed football club to partner up with Ethereum fantasy ⚽ game Sorare.
  • The brothers of Synthetix’s Kain Warwick have launched Illuvium, a new NFT-based auto battling RPG.

🌐 Virtual Worlds

  • Hearing more about Ethereum’s virtual world projects but don’t know where to start? You might consider visiting the Museum of Crypto Art (MoCA) campus in Cryptovoxels, which is built across four connected VR parcels.

🛒 NFT Marketplaces

  • OpenSea saw the ENS domain adidas.eth sell for +25 ETH this week.

💎 DeFi x NFTs

  • NFT marketplace Cargo launched its Cargo NFT Reward System, which blends elements of yield farming with earnable NFTs.

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William M. Peaster, Senior Writer, has been with Bankless since January 2021. Immersed in Ethereum since 2017, he writes the Metaversal newsletter on the onchain frontier, covering everything from AI projects to crypto games, as the team’s lead NFT analyst. With a background in creative writing, he writes fiction and publishes art on Ethereum in his free time. He lives in Washington.

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