Everydays: The First 5000 Days. The First Digital Artwork sold by $69 million
In May 2007, digital artist Beeple (Mike Winnkelmann) began an archive of digital pictures by posting it in his own website to create kind of a mural of the images created, reproduced and disseminated in the digital world. For 13-and-a-half-years, he saved day by day over thounsands of images that have veen brought together in the collage titled Everydays: The First 5000 days.
According to Chritie’s: “In EVERYDAYS: THE FIRST 5000 DAYS, the artist has stitched together recurring themes and colour schemes into an aesthetic whole. The individual pieces are organised in loose chronological order: zooming in reveals pictures by turn abstract, fantastical, grotesque or absurd, deeply personal or representative of current events. Recurring themes include society’s obsession with and fear of technology; the desire for and resentment of wealth; and America’s recent political turbulence.”
Minted exclusively for Christie’s, the monumental digital collage was offered as a single lot sale concurrently with First Open, and realised $69,346,250. 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.