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NFTs – El Dorado oder Katzengold?

By Duncan Mil

February 14, 2022 - 2021 wurden mehr als $44 Milliarden in Non-fungible Tokens (NFTs) Investiert, damit ist der Umsatz mit digitalen Kunstwerken fast so hoch wie der globale Kunstmarkt. Die Schweizer Investment Bank USB schätzt die globalen Umsätze für Kunst und Antiquitäten auf zirka 50,1Milliarden in 2020.

An NFT is unique data used to certify a digital asset’s ownership. Blockchain technology -- usually the Ethereum blockchain -- is used to mint or create NFTs.

NFT mania hit in March, when a digital collage by the artist Mike Winkelmann -- also known as Beeple -- sold for $69.3m at Christie’s, in the first sale of its kind at the auction house. It was the third-most-expensive work of art sold by a living artist and the most expensive digital asset traded as an NFT.

The U.S. basketball league, the NBA, created its NFT marketplace for buying, selling and trading video highlights of its players called NBA Top Shot. Other collections of NFTs, including “CryptoPunks” and “Bored Ape Yacht Club” (BAYC), also went viral in 2021.

The past year has seen the NFT market explode. NFTs of BAYC surged from less than $8,500 to more than $247,000 in just seven months. On February 7, a Bored Ape nifty, made by the U.S.-based company Yuga Labs, sold for $382,472.

On Monday (February 14), British tax authorities revealed they had made their first seizure of NFTs in a crackdown on suspected criminal activity to hide money.

Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs seized three NFTs and arrested three people during a £1.4 million ($1.9 million) fraud attempt.

PUBLISHED: 14/02/2022; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: 10:22PM