Created over 5,000 days by the groundbreaking artist, this monumental collage was the first purely digital artwork (NFT) ever offered at Christie’s. Mike Winkelmann, aka the digital artist Beeple, posted a new work of art online on 1 May 2007. He did the same thing the next day and the next, and the next one after that, creating and posting a brand-new digital picture, or ‘everyday’ as he called it, every single day for 13-and-a-half years. Now those individual pieces have been brought together in EVERYDAYS: THE FIRST 5000 DAYS, a unique work in the history of digital art.
Although this digital artwork – a collage of over 5,000 individual digital images published by Beeple daily on Tumblr – could in principle be easily recreated at home on a computer, the work realized a record value of $69,346,250 at Christie’s auction. Marking two industry firsts, Christie’s is the first major auction house to offer a purely digital work with a unique NFT (Non-fungible token) — effectively a guarantee of its authenticity — and to accept cryptocurrency, in this case Ether, in addition to standard forms of payment for the singular lot.