Earth-March 23…The Unnamed Artist John Cleese today confirmed that he is, indeed, offering The Brooklyn Bridge NFT to the public, an art-based non-fungible token of profound uniqueness. Brisk bidding on the item has begun, with the current auction price standing at $50,000 (US). The Brooklyn Bridge NFT is immediately available at the Buy Now price of $69,346,250.50.
The Unnamed Artist John Cleese, 81, has provided keen — sometimes cutting — social commentary for decades, and The Brooklyn Bridge NFT may be his ultimate 21st Century societal satire. (For 20th Century satire see Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain, 1917.)
“This is a cultural moment: A bridge from the past to the future,” The Unnamed Artist John Cleese said in a live announcement of the auction via Twitter. “And a bridge is about trust…as in the saying that if you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. When you believe someone, you see, you trust them and then you buy a bridge for them. It’s that simple. So, today, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. The Brooklyn Bridge NFT…and I will now sign it. The auction is live, now.”
A Non-Fungible Token (NFT) is, as Wikipedia describes, a unit of data on a digital ledger called a blockchain, where each NFT can represent a unique digital item, and thus they are not interchangeable. NFTs can represent digital files such as art, audio, videos, items in video games and other forms of creative work.
NFTs have become commoditized virtual collectibles, selling at red-hot prices. In February, the Nyan Cat meme sold for $590,000. That same month CryptoPunk #6965 sold for $1.54 million. The artist Grimes sold more than $5 million (US) of art-based NFTs in March, and Beeple sold a piece for $69,346,250.00 at Christie’s on March 11.
The Unnamed Artist John Cleese could eclipse that record price with the sale of The Brooklyn Bridge NFT. The auction closes April 1, 2021 at 8:00 PM EDT. A percentage of proceeds from the sale will be donated to combating climate change.