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NFT special! Beeple’s millions, Banksy profits, problems for Kings of Leon: Hodler’s Digest, March 7–13

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Coming every Saturday, Hodlers Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more a week on Cointelegraph in one link.

Top Stories This Week

Beeple NFT auction closes at record-setting $69.3 million

Theres plenty to discuss in the crypto markets, but this week, nonfungible tokens have stolen the limelight for multiple reasons.

Digital artist Mike Winkelmann, also known as Beeple, has made history after his latest piece Everydays: The First 5000 Days sold for a whopping $69.3 million following an auction at Christies.

Only two other living artists, Jeff Koons and David Hockney, have created more expensive works and as you might expect, this is the priciest NFT ever sold.

Its a pretty special one at that. Everydays consists of 5,000 unique images, produced every day for 13-and-a-half years. The collage shows Beeples evolution as an artist and his shift to becoming a political cartoonist.

NFT representing incinerated Banksy painting fetches nearly $400,000

Beeple isnt the only one laughing all the way to the crypto exchange. A group of crypto investors known as Burnt Banksy has made a tidy profit after a daring stunt involving one of the graffiti artists creations.

They bought a real-life Banksy painting for $100,000 last month. Morons satirizes the art industry and depicts a bustling auction for a framed canvas, adorned with the words: I cant believe you morons buy this shit.

Last week, they set the painting on fire during a Twitter livestream in Brooklyn and turned it into an NFT instead. Now, its sold on the NFT marketplace OpenSea for 228 ETH worth over $400,000 at the time of writing.

Other big sales this week included a former DC Comics artist who made $1.85 million in four days by selling Wonder Woman NFTs. But not everyone has a price. A collector turned down a staggering $1 million for an NBA Top Shot moment they originally bought for $100,000.

Breaking new ground is never easy Kings of Leons NFT sale takes in $2 million

Kings of Leon have reportedly made a cool $2 million through sales of their tokenized album with $600,000 going to a fund thats designed to support live music crews affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Alas, the event hasnt been without teething problems. Many of the bands fans are complete newcomers to crypto and NFTs and it can be a steep learning curve. This prompted Kings of Leon to extend their sale to March 20.

The NFTs have been released in collaboration with YellowHeart, a blockchain-based ticketing platform that is handling the auction on NFT marketplace OpenSea.

Six golden tickets have been released giving fans front row seats for life, their own driver to gigs, and the chance to enjoy meet-and-greets with the band. One of the golden tickets fetched a whopping 89 ETH.

In other music news, the Russian punk feminist group Pussy Riot has revealed it is releasing four NFTs for its latest single to support a shelter for victims of domestic violence.

Bitcoin hits new record highs after agonizing two-week wait

What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago, Bitcoiners were licking their wounds after a devastating flash crash that took it below $4,000. Fast forward to now, and BTC has now set a new all-time high above $59,000.

It took a couple of weeks to reach this milestone, with BTC falling below $45,000 along the way. But the bounceback indicates that bullish momentum remains unshaken. What remains to be seen is whether this spike is the product of weekend volatility, or the start of something bigger.

Of course, there are reasons to be cautious. ExoAlphas David Lifchitz said this week that, despite Bitcoins price being in a long-term uptrend, there are some reasons for a more bearish outlook for the short term.

Tax season in the U.S. could prompt investors to sell off their holdings. Its also March, traditionally a bearish month for the crypto sector.

Solution to scale Ethereum 100X is imminent and will get us through until Eth2, Vitalik says

With DeFi protocols flocking to rival blockchains with Binance Smart Chain a big beneficiary of this exodus Ethereum needs to take swift action to boost capacity and clamp down on sky-high transaction fees.

Eth2 remains some time away yet, but Vitalik Buterin has revealed that a temporary fix may be just around the corner: rollups.

Speaking on The Tim Ferriss Show podcast, he said Optimisms layer-two solution could help Ethereum scale by a factor of 100. And by the time any additional capacity is needed, sharding will have already been ready for a long time by then, Buterin added.

Rollups process and store transaction data on a designated sidechain before bundling batches of transactions together onto Ethereums mainnet. This helps mitigate the blockchains scaling woes, where fierce competition for bandwidth on the Ethereum mainnet has resulted in exorbitant fees.

Optimisms solution is set to launch in about a month, and the rollups are expected to be embraced by industry leaders in DeFi, with rumors suggesting the feature will be heavily utilized by V3 of Uniswap.

Winners and Losers

At the end of the week, Bitcoin is at $60,539, Ether at $1,936 and XRP at $0.44. The total market cap is at $1.8 trillion.

Among the biggest 100 cryptocurrencies, the top three altcoin gainers of the week are Chiliz, Theta Fuel and Ankr. The top three altcoin losers of the week are NEM, Fantom and Voyager Token.

For more info on crypto prices, make sure to read Cointelegraphs market analysis.

Most Memorable Quotations

Golds ability to hedge against inflation has been somewhat exaggerated. While it is a reasonable store of value over the very long-term think centuries it is less reliable across most investment horizons.

Russ Koesterich, BlackRock portfolio manager

The fact that Oracle hasnt bought yet is very bullish and signalling how early it still is.

Jeff Booth, entrepreneur

Tesla in Rear View, About $80,000 Bitcoin Eyes Amazon Market Cap Once Bitcoins back-and-fill process around the $1 trillion market cap is complete, we see internet pioneer Amazon.com as a potential next threshold.

Mike McGlone, Bloomberg Intelligence analyst

Lets Make History together with the first ever NFT for REAL ESTATE!

Ivan Malpica, investor

Youd have over $10,000 if you bought #bitcoin with your stimulus check.

@BitcoinStimulus

DOGE does certainly already have a use case as a niche currency with avid fans, and adoption can certainly grow from here. But for it to genuinely be considered future money, the narrative of DOGE as a meme coin will have to erode.

Kadan Stadelmann, Komodo chief technology officer

Last year, @Ripple and I sued @YouTube for failing to enforce its own policies by allowing fake accounts (impersonating my/Ripples verified accounts) to conduct XRP giveaway scams. Weve now come to a resolution to work together to prevent, detect and take down these scams.

Brad Garlinghouse, Ripple CEO

Rollups are coming very soon. Were fully confident that by the time that we need any more scaling of that, sharding will have already been ready for a long time by then.

Vitalik Buterin, Ethereum co-founder

Gold will always have a place in jewelry and coin collections, but most indicators point to an accelerating pace of Bitcoin replacing the metal as a store of value in investor portfolios.

Mike McGlone, Bloomberg senior commodity strategist

Its so cool to see women and girls in the cryptocurrency space. Its important for us to have empowered financial futures.

Lily Knight, three-year-old Bitcoin educator

If blockchain designs and infrastructure get done at the enterprise level and there arent enough women, there wont be anything created by female thinking patterns. This is the biggest issue we face today.

Efi Pylarinou, blockchain and fintech adviser

Even if you dislike Bitcoin, you should still buy it just in case it pans out.

Dan Held, Kraken

Prediction of the Week

Mark Cuban sees $1 written in DOGEs tea leaves

Just three days after the Dallas Mavericks started accepting Dogecoin for merchandise, the basketball teams billionaire owner, Mark Cuban, was exceedingly bullish.

The Shark Tank star is predicting that DOGEs price will eventually hit $1 meaning Elon Musk isnt the only megarich entrepreneur whos in love with the joke coin.

Last weekend, he said customers had used more than 20,000 DOGE in transactions with the Dallas Mavericks, making it the largest Dogecoin merchant in the world.

The Mavericks were one of the first NBA franchises to recognize crypto as a form of payment for tickets and merchandise, having started accepting Bitcoin through wallet company BitPay two years ago.

Fans can also pay for gear and souvenirs with Bitcoin Cash, USD Coin, Gemini Dollar, Paxos Standard and Binance USD.

FUD of the Week

OpenSea collector pulls the rug on NFTs to highlight arbitrary value

Returning to NFTs now, and some are expressing fears that the market is overheated and engaging in daring stunts to prove their point.

A crypto artist known as Neitherconfirm listed 26 NFTs for sale on OpenSea, featuring people and animal faces in a stained glass style. But things took an unexpected turn on Tuesday when they changed the images associated with each token into photos of literal carpets.

Neitherconfirm said no one was hurt by the move, explaining: All discussions about the value of NFTs are meaningless as long as the token is not inseparable from the artwork itself. What is the meaning of creating an unforgeable token on a highly secured network if somebody can alter, relink or destroy your possession? As long as the value of your artwork is reliable on a central service you do not own anything.

Peter Schiffs son moves 100% of his portfolio into Bitcoin

Weve known for a long time that Peter Schiff is a crypto skeptic and a gold bug. But this week, his son made a powerful statement that shows he couldnt agree less with his father.

Spencer Schiff seems to have decided to move his portfolio investments into Bitcoin, with his dad expressing concern after he went all in. Peter wrote: If my own son is this brainwashed imagine how vulnerable most kids are. Hes HODLing to infinity or bust.

Snarky comments came in thick and fast, with Morgan Creek Digital co-founder Anthony Pompliano replying: At least someone in your family is growing their wealth this year.

Schiff went on to suggest that he needs to disinherit his son: Otherwise he will squander my hard earned wealth on more Bitcoin.

His criticisms of BTC have often proven to be well off the mark. Indeed, in 2019, he confidently declared that the worlds biggest cryptocurrency would never hit $50,000.

Ripple ends YouTube lawsuit over XRP giveaway scams, says CEO

As the SEC lawsuit over the sale of XRP tokens rumbles on, Ripple is dialing down its legal action elsewhere. This week, the company announced that it has ended its lawsuit against YouTube for the video-sharing sites alleged complicity in a spate of XRP giveaway scams.

Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse had taken YouTube to task for failing to enforce its own policies by allowing fake accounts to conduct XRP giveaway scams fraudulent profiles that often impersonated his official page or other verified Ripple channels. Both sides have now reached a resolution that will see them work together to prevent, detect and take down these scams.

On Twitter, he added: Social platforms are starting to acknowledge their role in allowing crypto scams to persist and recognize the need to be part of the solution.In other developments, Ripple and Moneygram have officially terminated their partnership, but both companies expressed hope that theyll get to work together again in the future.

Best Cointelegraph Features

Too little, too late? Ethereum losing DeFi ground to rival blockchains

Decentralized exchanges explore alternatives as Ethereum continues to be overloaded. Is this the beginning of the end for the blockchain?

Black Thursday anniversary: Can crypto markets see another huge crash?

The market may witness flash crashes in the near term, and another March 12 drop is not completely off the map.

True or false? A single NFT can power a European household for 1.5 months

NFTs are coming under scrutiny as more attention is drawn to the carbon footprint of PoW blockchains.

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  • 17.09.20 15:31 Trident

    купил билет на семинар который изначально планировался в субботу.... в пятницу не смогу послушать, гле посмотреть запись?

  • 24.09.20 12:08 Серго1985

    Как бабло зарабатывается??

  • 15.10.20 09:16 Vyacheslav

    отлично зарабатывается !)

  • 15.10.20 09:16 Vyacheslav

    у вас как?

  • 09.02.21 10:40 ave2510

    всем привет! кто то заходил в ю8д...?

  • 10.02.21 12:52 [email protected]

    почему я на юнисвоп не вижу токен NTFI

  • 16.02.21 18:27 Jessikagylu

    Всем привет. А какой интернет вы используете для майнинга? Прочла интересную статью https://hashalot.io/blog/vyjdet-li-majning-za-limit-trafika-kakaya-skorost-interneta-nuzhna-dlya-majninga/ и задумалась над этим. Какие характеристики сети у вашего провайдера?

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