To mark the seventy fifth birthday of late Freddie Mercury, British singer-songwriter of the legendary band Queen, 4 non-fungible token (NFT) artworks impressed by him are being auctioned off for charity. Three of them present Mercury whereas the fourth is an outline of a grand white-gold piano with a crown close by. The piano is surrounded by a pond. The public sale is about by The Mercury Phoenix Trust on digital artwork market SuperRare and the proceeds will go to the non-profit’s mission to battle AIDS worldwide. The public sale will run for 75 hours beginning Tuesday.
Queen members, Brian May and Roger Taylor, and band supervisor, Jim Beach, based the Mercury Phoenix Trust, an AIDS charity, in Mercury’s reminiscence. Mercury died from AIDS-related pneumonia in 1991. He would have turned 75 on September 5 this 12 months.
The NFT artworks offered by the artists within the timed public sale are made by artists Blake Kathryn, Chad Knight, Mat Maitland, and MBSJQ, the organisers stated in a assertion.
The Trust shared on YouTube a video description of Kathryn, a Los Angeles-based visible artist, who created the grand piano NFT. She says her dad and mom launched her to Queen. About Mercury, she says he had “such a positive, charming energy” that simply pulled individuals in.
Besides inspiring generations by means of his flamboyant persona, Freddie Mercury was well-known for his love for artwork. Before his musical profession, he studied graphic artwork and design and later in life turned a collector of artwork and glass works. He had one of many best collections of Japanese vintage woodblock prints, in response to the assertion. Once requested by Beach, the Queen’s supervisor, what ought to be finished together with his legacy, Mercury stated, “You can do no matter you need with my work, simply by no means make me boring”. This simple message was given to the four digital artists as the idea based on which they should create NFT artworks and touch different aspects of the singer’s persona.
A huge craze has surrounded NFTs, which are digital assets of real-world images, videos etc., with a blockchain-based record of ownership. The word “non-fungible” means one of a kind and that they cannot be duplicated.