NFTs

We are pleased to introduce you to West Contemporary Digital Editions.

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West Contemporary Digital Editions is excited to announce our first official crypto-art release.

Welcome to West Contemporary Digital Editions, your home of online digital asset ownership. Since our formation nearly 20 years ago, West Contemporary have always sought the innovative. Not only in the works we source for you, nor simply the artists we develop longstanding relationships with, but also in our own evolution as a company.


Once known as Beautiful Crime Gallery, one of the world’s first online gallery selling street art originals, we have steadily morphed into one of Europe’s leading art consultancies-meets-gallerists through West Contemporary, selling prints and originals online through this website and we have worked and continue to work with some of the biggest brands in the world with Beautiful Crime Agency. 

West Contemporary Digital Editions is excited to announce our first official crypto-art release alongside one of the most highly revered creatives in the world, daft-apeth, colloquially known as Serge Pizzorno, guitarist and songwriter of globally successful rock legends, Kasabian.

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daft-apeth’s digital debut is scheduled to drop on Thursday 13th May at 12pm PST (7pm BST)

on premium rare digital asset platform MakersPlace, with a 24 hour auction.


This release sees us combine modern digital-asset ownership with traditional art collection. A unique opportunity for long term physical art collectors and first time digital buyers meaning you do not need to be a crypto-enthusiast to add this piece to your collection. And here is why:

The successful buyer will not only receive the NFT artwork, they will also will also receive a physical 1/1 original artwork, a digital print on composite metal handsigned by the artist and authenticated by digital certification, courtesy of digital provenance specialists Verisart.

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NFT FAQs

What is an NFT and why is everyone talking about them?!


Non-Fungible Token’s (NFT’s) are essentially a special type of digital asset representing something unique and non-interchangeable, as opposed to fungible assets including cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. This allows for a modern version of art ownership in a digital format and is a fresh and topical way for new and existing buyers to engage in art collecting. Recently, one collector sold his NFT of a ten second long video clip for $6.6 million. He had only bought it in October 2020 for $67,000. This, alongside other notable high profile sales have pushed this method of purchasing incredibly mainstream and attracted a LOT of interest. We have been working towards this for nearly two years now, and we predict this is very much here to stay.


How do I purchase an NFT?


This works in several ways. Our first release with MakersPlace is incredibly straight forward and simply involves signing up and paying directly through the platform. It’s as easy as that.
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For some other hosts, this works differently. It may sound complicated, but it is actually really straightforward when you begin the process. To bag yourself an NFT at these sorts of platforms, you’ll need to get a crypto currency supported wallet and then buy (or use, if you already have some) Ethereum (ETH). This is what is used as currency to purchase your artwork. There are many different providers of ETH, with some notable names being Binance, Coinbase, Gemini, Kraken and Bitstamp. Please research this first, but each of these names are well-known in the industry.

Armed with your Ethereum, you then use your digital wallet to buy NFT. It’s the internet’s 2021 version of pulling your wallet out to pay a bill! You will need to install a wallet extension (the most popular option is MetaMask), and ensure your wallet has the required amount to pay for your artwork. None of this is a long-process, and can all be setup quickly.


PLEASE NOTE: the daft-apeth release on May 13th only involves signing up to Makers Place and adding you card details when you place a bid. Very simple.

 

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I’ve never bought an NFT, and although I want to buy daft-apeth’s, I prefer physical ownership, so…?


We can stop you right there!

This is an N.F.T release but this release will ALSO include a physical original for the buyer, certificated by us. So, you’re essentially buying the digital asset AND the physical original artwork too. These are not sold separately and in turn allows our traditional buyers to still collect in a way they are used to AND enjoy their first Non Fungible Token. Result.
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