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What do chess, dining, fine art and martial arts have in common? NFTs  

If you’re not paying attention to NFTs, you’re just not paying attention. They are everywhere it seems. From medicine to sports, photography, and music, these one-of-a-kind tokens capture what’s unique

NFTs will cover Chess Champion, Garry Kasparov, with never-seen-before archives Recent innovations at Christie’s include the $69 million sale of the first NFT for a digital work of art Crypto.com will offer a wide variety of UFC digital collectibles that will include unique fighter collections

 If you’re not paying attention to NFTs, you’re just not paying attention. They are everywhere it seems. From medicine to sports, photography, and music, these one-of-a-kind tokens capture what’s unique and allow traders to make money, the crypto way.

 Legends’ NFTs

NFT marketplace 1Kind, in partnership with World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, launched on December 9th a series of exclusive digital collectibles (NFTs), unique artifacts, and exclusive experiences to honor the chess prodigy.

The inaugural tokens (drops) will uncover the untold story of the youngest then longest reigning World Chess Champion, Garry Kasparov, with never-seen-before archives including photographs from his childhood and formative years along, and previously unseen game cards and images that chart the challenges and highlights of his career. The concluding and most anticipated items are intimate experiences with the player himself.

Future drops will include English actor, broadcaster, comedian, director, and writer Stephen Fry, and award-winning American film director, producer, screenwriter, and author Scott Frank. Participants will gain exclusive access to artifacts and experiences from these incredible people’s life’s work, curated by 1Kind.

Commenting on the drop, Kristian Haehndel, Co-founder of 1Kind, said: “Our aim for 1Kind is to create a platform that showcases the digital legacies of some of the greatest artists, personalities, and talent across the world. The platform aims to immortalize their legacies with an opportunity for collectors to have intimate and personal experiences with the artists themselves.”

With blockchain, bidders can secure their asset ownership digitally and trade it with a certainty of provenance.  

Fine dining NFT

Dubai’s ColossalBit and Italian Wine Crypto Bank (IWCB) launched the world’s first NFT linked to a unique fine dining and art experience.

The NFT, named ‘CIAO BELLA!,’ featured a dinner signed by renowned Michelin starred master chefs, and included unique digital art at the Bella Restaurant & Lounge in Dubai, on the occasion of the 12th Italian Cuisine and Wines World Summit.

 

Promoted in collaboration with colossalbit.io, the ‘CIAO BELLA!’ NFT has been issued by IWCB®, the first token fully backed by Italian rare, investment-grade grapes, based in Hong Kong but with its technological heart in Dubai (italianwinecryptobank.io)

The Dinner was be signed by renowned Michelin starred master chefs from Italy:

  • Heinz Beck, La Pergola – Waldorf Astoria, Rome
  • Max Mascia, San Domenico, Imola
  • Marco Bottega, Aminta, Genazzano, Rome
  • Sara Preceruti, Acquada Milano

Only 30 diners took part in the exclusive ‘CIAO BELLA!’ NFT experience, where the artistic menu of the night which was created live at the venue by the renowned Dutch artist DamaIn and signed by the Master Chefs and winemakers was destroyed transforming it into a collectible digital masterpiece, only available in the form of an NFT.

Ciro Arianna, Co-Founder & CEO of ColossalBit said: “As with our previous purchase of the world’s first Augmented Reality NFT Mural ‘Future NFT Dubai’, we believe in the potential of this industry, and we are working on enabling businesses to adopt NFTs and position Dubai as leaders in this space.”

The 30 NFT buyers were recipients of additional benefits that included a Bella Privilege Card, with discounts of up to 20% at Bella restaurant, a 20% discount on any purchase of Borbone coffee and equipment 800borbone.com, IWB tokens worth $250 (iwcb.io), a 20% discount on De Luca Taylors products, a 25% discount on the price of the next NFT Bella Dinner Experience, to be held within 4 months, and a 50% discount on the next NFT Bella Dinner Experience (no NFT included).

Christie’s NFT

Christie’s is a world-leading art and luxury business renowned and trusted for its expert live and online auctions, as well as its bespoke private sales. Christie’s has a physical presence in 46 countries, throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific and its auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from $200 to over $100 million. 

Recent innovations at Christie’s include the groundbreaking $69 million sale of the first NFT for a digital work of art ever offered at a major auction house (Beeple’s Everydays, March 2021), with the unprecedented acceptance of cryptocurrency as a means of payment. 

Christie’s continues to pioneer new technologies including the creation of viewing and bidding experiences that integrate augmented reality, global live streaming, buy-now channels, and hybrid sales formats. 

UFC’s NFT

UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, and Crypto.com, one of the world’s fastest-growing crypto platforms, recently announced an expansion of their historic long-term partnership that now includes an exclusive line of UFC NFTs.

Crypto.com will offer a wide variety of UFC digital collectibles that will include unique fighter collections, fight night artwork, event posters, championship belts, avatars, artist collaborations, mystery boxes, athlete profiles, and more.

The new deal includes a multi-year licensing agreement for an exclusive series of UFC NFTs and a revenue share component. In addition, UFC athletes will receive 50% of UFC’s revenue from NFT sales.

UFC NFTs were made available on Crypto.com starting from last November 4, with the drop of the UFC 268 Packs, which featured limited-edition collectible champion belts and event and fighter posters based on UFC 268: USMAN VS. COVINGTON 2, which took place November 6, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.