Welcome to the 36th issue of the DeFi Arts Intelligencer, your weekly source for key happenings around Ethereum art, collectibles, games, finance, and more. Subscribe here.
For this dispatch:
🎨 Digital Art & Collectibles
Artist and NFT flipper Pranksy teamed up with NIFTEX to release $COZOM, a fractional investment opportunity in CryptoPunk #3831, a rare zombie and masked punk …
Art marketplace SuperRare has now seen its artist surpass $2 million in sales to date.
Auctions on programmable art platform Async Art have brought in +300 ETH in sales so far in September.
Artist Sarah Zucker sold “Fountain of Calm” on SuperRare for 7.21 ETH …
NFT on-ramp and educational project Grow Your Base teamed up with NIFTEX to release GYB, the first-ever fractionalized cryptoart bundle. The sharded collection features pieces from artists like Josie Bellini, Pranksy, Goldweard, Osinachi, PR1MAL CYPHER, and more.
Morgan Creek Digital, a high-profile crypto investment firm, announced they were “investing heavily in digital art” and accordingly revealed their commissioned piece “The Innovator’s Dinner” from artist FEWOCiOUS.
Crypto investment firm BlockTower Capital also announced plans to invest $10 million into the NFT sector in the coming months.
Decentraland held a “Crypto Art Gallery Meetup Event” on Sept. 26th, featuring artists like Yonat Vaks, Alotta Money, Stina Jones, and more.
NFT marketplace OpenSea has integrated support for WalletConnect, an open protocol for connecting dapps to wallets.
The black cryptoartists group ONE / OFF purchased 22 land parcels in the Cryptovoxels Tokyo island “with [the] intention of establishing a black arts district. “
The LAO launched FLAMINGO DAO, an investment fund for NFT collectibles.
A 20 ETH bid has been placed on artist Coldie’s Pranksyland bundle.
Collector William Savas snagged Coldie’s “Warren Buffet - Decentral Eyes - Variant 04” 1/1 piece on Nifty Gateway.
Avastars now supports $UNI, $WIPC, and $RARI payments on OpenSea.
Artist Pak is interested in $MEME.
Meme Protocol’s Andre Cronje Common $MEME card has sold out.
Here, I’m plugging MetaFactory: an “entertainment and culture studio” for all things DeFi and NFTs …
🕹️ Blockchain Games
Axie Infinity NFTs have seen +1,326 ETH (~$500,000) in volume this week.
Crypto research firm Delphi Digital purchased 5 Mystic Axies for 473.5 ETH (~$159,000)
Founder Cryptokitty #8 just sold for 48 ETH.
There’s a new wrapper mechanism for turning Gen0 CryptoKitties into ERC-20 tokens.
$COIN, the token of the Coin Artist ecosystem, is now tradable on Uniswap alongside the launch of a new $COIN Farm campaign.
♦️♦️ DeFi News
The total value locked (TVL) in DeFi reached +$11B for the first time this week.
Trustless tokenized bitcoin project tBTC relaunched.
Set Protocol launched the USDAPY set, which lets you easily farm Uniswap’s UNI using an automated farming strategy.
Lending protocol Aave is preparing to migrate its LEND token to AAVE.
“SR Interview with Collector: Tennessee Jed” - Tennessee Jed
“How To Supercharge The Growth Of NFTs And Crypto” - Andrew Steinwold
Thanks for reading, and stay creative on- and off-chain!
Keep an 👁️ out for the 37th issue of the DeFi Arts Intelligencer this time next week, too. Cheers ✌️
About DeFi Arts Intelligencer
The DeFi Arts Intelligencer is curated by me, William M. Peaster, a professional writer and editor who’s been tracking the Ethereum and DeFi beats in recent years.
I’m passionate about art and a DeFi/NFT optimist, so putting together this newsletter is both fun and informative for me. I hope others may find the content helpful, too. But be mindful, the information herein should not be construed as investment advice. I’m not a financial adviser, and these are my opinions. Always take care to seriously consider the various layers of risk you face in participating in the still-maturing cryptoeconomy.
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