On Monday, a rare NFT from the late singer David Bowie’s exclusive NFT collection on OpenSea sold for 96.5 ETH, or about $127,000. The David Bowie NFT was created by 19-year-old NFT artist Victor Langlois, also known as Fewocious.
Less than a month ago, the Bowie Estate engaged nine visual artists, including Fewocious, to create and launch Bowie-inspired art collectively known as Bowie on the Blockchain NFTs. These David Bowie NFTs launched on OpenSea last month.
The David Bowie NFT’s $127,000 sale on OpenSea continues an ongoing trend of dead celebrities’ estates minting postmortem mementos on the blockchain.
More on the David Bowie NFTs
The Bowie Estate’s collaboration with OpenSea to be the exclusive marketplace for the Bowie on the Blockchain NFTs became official when the marketplace listed the collection on September 30. It’s a collection of 15 David Bowie NFTs commemorating the British pop legend and the colorful motifs the singer was fond of throughout his illustrious career.
As mentioned earlier, the David Bowie NFTs are creations of nine artists across the NFT landscape. The rare piece that sold for $127,000 is the collection’s highlight. This creation by Fewocious features an animated video clip coupled with a physical seven-foot-tall sculpture donned in one of Bowie’s custom suits from his archive.
“I thought it was so cool that he was always what he wanted to be. And created a world that he wanted to live in. That’s the feeling I try to capture in my art,” said Fewocious in the collection’s description. The transgender artist is the perfect choice to work on the collection’s highlight since their works are typical otherworldly pop surrealist art in vibrant colors.
David Bowie NFTs on OpenSea
OpenSea expects the David Bowie NFTs in the Bowie on the Blockchain collection to carry out the late singer’s legacy of reshaping the nature of musical performances. The marketplace is also optimistic that it will empower digital communities and be a proponent of new technologies—stuff Bowie was known for during his career.
According to data from OpenSea, other David Bowie NFTs in the collection have sold for 3 ETH (about $4,000) to 7.5 ETH (roughly $9,800). The second-highest amount scored by a David Bowie NFT was for “It Became a Myth Land” digital artwork by NFT artist Defaced.
What’s unique about the abovementioned artwork is that it runs on a 12-hour clock traveling through six different segments of Bowie’s life and career. Upon purchase, the NFT comes with an Atomic Form digital frame where the digital artwork can be displayed.
Bidding for some of the David Bowie NFTs started on September 30, and OpenSea will sell the final NFTs in the collection on November 3. One hundred percent of the NFTs’ sales will go toward CARE, a nonprofit, international humanitarian organization that fights global poverty and world hunger. David Bowie’s wife, supermodel Iman, is a global advocate for CARE.
Celebrities on the Blockchain
The David Bowie NFTs are just one of the many digital collectibles from celebrity estates that have infiltrated the NFT space. Indeed, there is a growing trend of celebrities’ estates turning to the blockchain, particularly NFTs, to continue their legacies even after death.
For instance, in July, Biggie Smalls’s estate collaborated with OneOf, a music NFT marketplace, to release “Sky’s the Limit.” It was a 3,000-piece collection of generative art profile pictures (PFPs) that granted holders exclusive access to license the artist’s unreleased track, “Fulton Street Freestyle.”
According to Wayne Barrow, Biggie’s estate manager, the NFTs are Biggie’s way of giving back to the people who have supported him over the years.
“Giving them the opportunity to decide how Biggie’s freestyle is used is something we know he would be proud of by seeing his work shared with the people who cared about it the most in this unique way,” said Barrow.
Another celebrity estate that OneOf has helped in its foray into the Web3 space is the late Whitney Houston’s. Last December, Houston’s estate partnered with the marketplace to sell an unreleased track as an NFT for $1 million.
“I’m excited to see Whitney’s legacy and her wonderful music expand into the bold new technology of this era,” said Pat Houston, the Executor of Houston’s estate, in an email. “It was a joy…watching the artistry of Whitney’s music influence a new generation.”
However, singers are not the only ones getting attention through NFTs postmortem. Another NFT platform, LTD.Inc., launched a collection for the late photographer Chi Modu. The collection included physical and digital prints of artists like Nas, Mary J. Blige, and Method Man. Each physical print has a scannable feature that gives access to digital perks.
Finally, in January, a corporate entity created by the late Elvis Presley’s estate, Elvis Presley Enterprises, airdropped NFT wigs and jumpsuits for a Metaverse event on Decentraland as part of a larger “Elvis-on-Chain” NFT release.
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