Christie’s to sell teenager’s NFT art about gender transition

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Christie’s is to auction artwork by 18-calendar year-aged trans artist FEWOCiOUS in the type of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) it said on Monday, as the world’s important auction properties ramp up their revenue of NFTs.

An NFT is a variety of crypto asset, which information ownership of a electronic item these types of as an graphic, movie or textual content. Although everyone can check out the merchandise, only the customer of an NFT has the official position of getting the proprietor. FEWOCiOUS — true name Victor Langlois — has five a lot likely on sale with each and every a single representing a yr of his lifestyle as he found his gender identification among the ages of 14 and 18.

They will be marketed at Christie’s from June 23-30, in an on-line auction identified as “Hi, I’m Victor (FEWOCiOUS) and This Is My Existence”, which coincides with Satisfaction month. Each ton is made up of a online video artwork which exists in digital kind only, marketed as an NFT, a set of doodles, drawings and journal entries from the corresponding calendar year in the two actual physical and NFT type, as well as a physical-only portray.

FEWOCiOUS, who initially began building artwork aged 13, stated digital artwork was a refuge and escape from his conservative residence where he experienced to conceal his genuine self. His NFT gross sales to day have fetched far more than $18 million, Christie’s explained. He bought his initial NFT in 2020 for just $1,000.

NFT sales gave FEWOCiOUS the funds to shift out of his childhood house in Las Vegas, he said. He now lives in Seattle. “I am putting my heart out there so I am just happy that a person is observing it,” he reported.

“I hope that other trans little ones or grownups can see this and be like, wow, that’s an additional human being who did some thing great – mainly because I remember being little and looking at trans men and women succeed and sensation so observed and validated.” NFTs exploded in acceptance at the start out of 2021. An NFT fetched $69.3 million at a Christie’s auction in March, in what was the initially ever sale by a main auction household of an artwork which does not exist in bodily variety.

Since then, Christie’s and fellow auction home Sotheby’s have operate multiple NFT product sales.

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