Andy Murray’s Wimbledon NFT Auctioned, Fetches $177k

An NFT (Non-fungible token) that represents the moment when Andy Murray won the Wimbledon in the year 2013 was sold for $177,777 that is roughly Rs. 1.3 Crores in an auction. Andy Murray, the Scottish tennis champion, announced last month that an entire series of blockchain-based collectibles that represent his Wimbledon victory will be put up for sale on the platform named WENEW. This platform is popular for selling videos of moments from history and culture in the form of NFTs.

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An NFT is a digital asset that records ownership of a digital item. This can be a video, image, or text on the blockchain. Anyone can view and download them but only the buyer can claim its ownership. The person who bought Murray’s Wimbledon moment from the sale will not own the copyright of the video. However, they will be receiving a small digital screen on which they can display it, a chance to play Tennis with Murray, a signed souvenir, and also two tickets to the Centre Court for the 2022 men’s Wimbledon finals.

Murray told about how he found out about NFTs first. He saw that an American digital artist Beeple sold his artwork as an NFT for $69.3 million that is about Rs. 514 crores in March at Christie’s. Beeple is one of the founders of WENEW. Andy Murray told Reuters via mail, “I’m still learning about NFTs but it feels like an exciting area and one I’m sure more athletes and content creators will be getting involved in.”

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When the sale was over, and NFT enthusiast known as Pransky told Reuters that he was the buyer of this NFT. Apart from the main moment that showed Murray’s match-winning point, the WENEW platform also sold more than 600 limited edition NFTs. They are all representing several other moments related to the victory in 2013. The price range for other NFTs was between $49 (Rs. 3640) to $4999 (Rs. 3.7 lakhs) each. Murray also mentioned that he personally doesn’t have any cryptocurrency or such crypto assets like NFTs. But he is learning about them more every day. He would like to buy an NFT “moment” from WENEW in the future. Andy Murray who won the Olympics gold in 2012 in London and Rio 2016 games, will defend his title in Tokyo, Japan. 

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