Tony Hawk joins a growing list of celebrities digitizing their collectibles and selling them as unreadable tokens. The skateboarder plans to auction off a film of his latest performance of the Ollie 540, a trick he first mastered 32 years ago.
Ethernity chain strikes and auctions digital collectibles as NFT boom continues
After many successful auctions of artists, celebrities, performers and crypto-currency evangelists, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk will now auction his digital collectible at a date yet to be announced.
The 52-year-old pop culture icon announced on Instagram that he had performed his last 540-degree ollie which he first landed in 1989, emphasizing the fear and danger of performing the stunt. On Twitter, he added: My last ollie today is the 540. You can compare it to my first one 32 years ago. It meant a lot to me.
My last ollie 540 today. You can compare it to my first one 32 years ago. This one meant a lot to me https://t.co/tExDDRFzb4 pic.twitter.com/Ggql2uADtg
– Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) 18. March 2021
According to pro skateboarder @tweestophers, the angle of his stunt finish will be hit and auctioned off as NFT on Ethernity Chain. Ethernity, the growing NFT network, is known for its social focus, as all NFT auctions donate a portion of their proceeds to charities. The network was recently commissioned to set up the Muhammad Ali NFT collection for the Ali Centre.
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Hawk’s decision to call on Ethernity for this event underscores the growing cachet of the network following the launch of Bosslogic’s 2500-bit NFT image line specifically for the Ethernity community.
Bosslogic’s sales, while significant, were overshadowed by the recent results of a Christie’s auction, where the artist sold a single JPEG of 5,000 miniatures to Singaporean cryptocurrency investor Metakan for a handsome $69.3 million. Beeple also auctioned off NFT for charity.
Psycho NFT has attracted many other celebrities, including Lindsay Lohan, Grimes, and major cryptocurrency evangelists like Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Gemini’s Winklevoss twins. Some, however, are more cautious, like Charlie Lee of Litecoin, who compares the auction to a speculative ICO bubble.
Tony Hawk wasn’t as outspoken as some of his famous peers when it came to talking about cryptocurrencies and NFTs, but he was surprisingly a long-time supporter of bitcoin. Earlier tweets claim he has been a bitcoin tracker since 2013. Hawke was also scheduled to attend the Bitcoin 2020 conference in San Francisco last March, but it was cancelled due to the pandemic.
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