CryptoKitties signed by the project’s brand ambassador, a Chinese artist Momo Wang, were released today Handy gateway, the art market for crypto collectibles, supported by Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, the founders of Winklevoss Capital and the Gemini crypto exchange.
Wang is best known for illustrating a sticker of a white rabbit that Facebook and WeChat users share tens of millions of times every day. Her next illustration, from one cat–a Crypto Kitty called “Catterina”– goes live today at 4pm PST on the Nifty Gateway Marketplace. There are a hundred images for sale, priced at $ 100 each, and half of the profits go to charity.
Duncan Cock Foster, co-founder of Nifty Gateway, told us that the CryptoKitties crossover was the result of an accident; the image was originally designed for another company, but the deal fell through later, so Wang’s masterpiece was turned over to Nifty Gateway, who had previously worked on the project on credit card purchases.
CryptoKitties, for the ignorant, are a form of crypto collectibles – digital art registered on the blockchain. Launched in 2017, they were all the rage among the crypto believers for a while, even crashing the Ethereum network for a moment under the weight of their popularity. Although the images are identical to the ones below, the property that particular image is unique. Apparently that’s enough for some to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on crypto kitties.
The fact that there is a market for these things is good news for digital artists, who can once again sell limited editions of their artwork. And artists can also get a discount on the sales of secondary markets, because every transaction is registered on the blockchain. Because artists may take a while to discover that they can take advantage of their own success, digital collective makes an attractive proposition.
Nifty Gateway, is one such marketplace for crypto collectibles. The platform has been around since 2018, but the team relaunched the platform in March after it got support from the Winklevoss twins, the billionaire brothers behind Gemini.
It aims to be a high-brow marketplace, packed with only the best crypto-enabled art Bitcoin can buy. The platform offers three or four artists every two weeks.
Duncan Cock Foster, the platform’s co-founder, told us that 33 of the 51 artworks on the site were completely sold out and many were sold out within hours. (Cock Foster said that everything has gone well since launch, “although I won’t reveal any numbers”).
Wang’s “Kitties look very unique,” he said of the 100, er, identical JPEGs. They are definitely much more artistic than other crypto kitties. That’s why we thought it would fit well. ”