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The Dadiani Fine Art gallery held a landmark online art auction with the first blockchain technology sale of Andy Warhol's 14 small electric chairs.
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First Blockchain Art Auction

Lewis Findley
Lewis Findley

Blockchain Art Auction

First AI, now blockchain. For the first time, blockchain was used in an art auction.

Dadiani Fine Art, who managed the auction of 'Fourteen Small Electric Chairs' by Andy Warhol, became the first gallery to accept cryptocurrency in the landmark online auction sale. 

There was a catch though. Only 49% of The painting, valued at £4.2m, was sold!

This means that the majority shareholder, Eleesa Dadiani, can still keep the item in her possession.

So, how did it all work?

How the Blockchain auction worked

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Before the auction took place, the reserve was set at £3m.

Bidders who registered for the auction could purchase certificates, on a platform managed by Maecenas, using Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) and ART.

In addition, the platform enables the secure transfer of certificates between shareholders who are subject to KYC and AML checks.

A fascinating system, what does this mean for the future of art? A lot.

Final Words

Blockchain technology is finding its way into multiple industries which is changing the general consensus on this emerging technology. 

In regard to the art market, it's already used for provenance, authenticity and valuations.

Now? Democratising the art market to make it easier to enter. 

So, for investors who want to buy shares in art, as opposed to whole painting, could this be a new alternative?

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