Rick-and-Morty crypto artwork: sold for US$150,000 on Nifty Gateway
Justin Roiland has put up token artwork for auction on the Gemini exchange’s NFT marketplace.
A crypto artwork by Justin Roiland, co-creator of the famous animated series Rick and Morty, has been sold for a high price by Bitcoin Era app on NFT marketplace Nifty Gateway.
The tokenised artwork is titled „The First Ever Edition Of Rick And Morty Cryptoart“ and was sold in a silent auction for US$150,000. Nifty Gateway announced the news on Twitter on 19 January.
SILENT AUCTION RESULT „First Rick and Morty Crypto Art“ by @JustinRoiland.
WINNING BID: $150,000
Congrats to the winner and to @JustinRoiland! Last 2 silent auctions have 5 minutes remaining. pic.twitter.com/M7k7PzlIRp
– Nifty Gateway (@niftygateway) January 20, 2021
The artwork sold is part of Roiland’s crypto art collection titled „The Best I Could Do“. The collection includes several artworks inspired by the series Rick and Morty as well as other cartoons. Among them, for example, is the iconic American cartoon series „The Simpsons“.
Roiland’s crypto artwork, called „The Smintons“, is expected to go on sale later today. As of press time, the highest bid was US$188,137.
Shortly before, Nifty Gateway had announced the auction of Roiland’s collection on 13 January
The Rick and Morty co-creator is apparently an early Bitcoin (BTC) adopter, having publicly endorsed the cryptocurrency as early as 2015.
Nifty Gateway is a large NFT marketplace that hosts a number of daily NFT sales and is part of the Winklevoss brothers‘ Gemini crypto exchange. In December 2020, a Star Wars-inspired NFT work was sold on the platform for US$777,777. Previously, Nifty auctioned an NFT work by Trevor Jones called „Picasso’s Bull“ for US$55,555.
Crypto-NFTs have become increasingly popular in recent months, offering famous creators and artists a new way to sell their works directly to their fans. In late 2020, Sean Ono Lennon, a British-American musician, songwriter and producer, auctioned off a tokenised digital artwork on the NFT marketplace Rarible.