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Sotheby’s Golden ‘Goose’ Sale and Mercedes Benz Puts NFTs in Motion

Sotheby’s Golden ‘Goose’ Sale and Mercedes Benz Puts NFTs in Motion

DateJun 05, 2023

This week, Sotheby’s announced the next sale of rare NFTs from bankrupt 3AC’s coveted collection seized by liquidators in July 2022. The highlight of this sale is Dmitri Cherniak's “The Goose,” which is expected to fetch a golden sum.

Meanwhile, Mercedes Benz has released a new NFT collection inspired by its luxury cars in motion and Nike is bringing its digital drip to the EA Sports gaming ecosystem.

Golden Goose

Sotheby's is set to auction off another round of prized NFTs seized from bankrupt crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital on June 15. The second sale of digital art from the "Grails" collection will feature 37 works from generative artists like Dmitri Cherniak, Tyler Hobbs, Jeff Davis and more.

Big Ticket Item

The highlight of the upcoming auction is Dmitri Cherniak's Ringers #879 (often referred to as "The Goose"), which has an estimated sale price of $2-3 million. It was purchased by 3AC co-founders Su Zhu and Kyle Davies in August 2021 for about $5.8 million.

Liquidation Tally

Earlier this month, the first set of NFTs auctioned from the Grails collection brought in $2.4 million, and Teneo reported the private sale of another group of works from the Grails collection brought in over $3 million. So far, the Grails collection liquidation sales have brought in more than $6 million, and look on track to beat estimated total sales of $9.8 million once complete.

Rise of the 'Maschine'

Digital art organization Fingerprints DAO is partnering with Dutch artist Harm van den Dorpel and German car manufacturer Mercedes Benz on a new NFT collection that plays on themes of velocity and perception. The 1,000-edition generative art collection is supported by Mercedes-Benz NXT, the car manufacturer’s new Web3 arm that focuses on digital collectibles and virtual experiences. It will be available through the Fingerprints DAO’s website via a rebate Dutch auction on June 7.

Set In Motion

Mercedes-Benz NXT engaged in the collections’ co-creation with Harm van den Dorpel, who created and trained a neural network to create outputs that look like an object in motion.

On the Radar

The brand plans to release more collections in the future, including additional core collections, standalone satellite projects and third-party peripheral projects.

Just SWOOSH It Nike is bringing its.SWOOSH NFTs to the EA Sports gaming ecosystem, allowing EA Sports fans “to express their personal style through play." While details are sparse, the partnership will focus on creating "immersive experiences" and "new levels of customization” within the EA Sports ecosystem.

Slower-Paced Sales

The announcement comes at the heels of .SWOOSH’s first NFT sneaker collection released last week, which raked in $1.9 million in sales, according to Polygon Scan. The drop was plagued with delays and technical issues, and only 97,627 of the Our Force 1 boxes were sold from the total inventory of 106,453 – surprising, considering that most popular Nike physical sneaker releases often sell out in minutes.