The founder of the world’s biggest NFT fund bought Beeple’s landmark piece. They paid 42,329 ETH for the sale.
Metakovan Wins Beeple Bidding War
MetaKovan, the pseudonymous founder of the NFT fund Metapurse, is the buyer of Beeple’s “Everydays: The First 5,000 Days” NFT. Christie’s announced that they had bought the piece for 42,329.453 ETH this afternoon.
.@ChristiesInc is honored to announce that @Metakovan, the founder and financer of @Metapurse, the largest NFT fund in the world, was the winning bidder of @beeple’s THE FIRST 5000 DAYS, for $69.3 m (42329.453 ETH). Read more here: https://t.co/h2gE6nS1Gu
— Christie’s (@ChristiesInc) March 12, 2021
Beeple, real name Mike Winkelmann, set the art and crypto worlds alight yesterday, when his Christie’s auction closed with a final bid of $60.25 million. Including the buyer’s premium, the final realized price was $69,346,250.
The auction heated up in the final stretch. The highest bid was $14.75 million with 10 minutes to go, then shot up with a series of bids in the final few moments.
The final price makes Beeple the third most valuable living artist in art auction history, behind only Jeff Koons and David Hockney.
The sale was widely covered by news outlets worldwide, and speculation over who had placed the winning bid quickly followed. Some reported that TRON founder Justin Sun was the mystery buyer. However, that rumor was put to bed when Sun posted a tweet storm confirming that he’d been outbid in the last few seconds. Christie’s revealed that 22 …
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