Damien Hirst (@damienhirst) is a British artist who is known for his controversial artwork like his Spot paintings, medicine cabinet sculptures, and glass tank installations. In recent years, Hirst has ventured into the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology by creating his own NFTs.
Artwork Courtesy of @damienhirst
In July 2021, Hirst announced the release of his first NFT collection "The Currency." The collection features 10,000 unique NFTs, each representing a physical artwork. The physical artworks were all handmade which Hirst started creating in 2016 using enamel paint🔴⚪️🔵🟡
Collectors who bought one had to choose between keeping the NFT or swapping it for the physical artwork. Those who chose the NFTs were told their corresponding physical piece would be destroyed. 5,149 buyers decided to keep the physical artwork, while 4,851 collectors keeping the NFT.