Sotheby’s generative art auction nabs $1.2 million, selling out in less than an hour

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  • A 500-piece collection sold out in less than an hour and then generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in secondary market trading volume.

Storied auction house Sotheby's sold 500 pieces of generative art in less than an hour for $1.2 million.

Created by the artist Vera Molnár and christened Themes and Variations, each piece of digital art was "minted immediately upon purchase," Sotheby's said in a statement, adding that trading volume on the secondary market had totaled 400 ether (about $754,000) in the hours following the auction.

Sotheby's announced the launch of its generative art program last month. Despite a downturn in NFT sales, the auction house has recently been reasonably successful when auctioning off digital works, including a collection that once belonged to the failed hedge fund Three Arrows Capital.

The auction house said that the sale of Themes and Variations "opened with a ceiling price of 20 ether" ($37,600).


Digital work by artist Vera Molnár sold in auction. Source: Sotheby's


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