Ashton Kutcher Auctions NTF Digital Art “Eye of The Beholder” For ETH

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Ashton Kutcher, actor and venture capitalist auctions digital art “Eye of The Beholder” at first attempt at Cryptograph. The highest bid was at the rate of 13.26 ETH which is about $5,400 as at the time of writing and there’s a day to go before the sale ends.

Ashton Kutcher video on the blockchain-based art market demonstrates a new concept where the physical original is destroyed to assure the digital copy of a unique existence as a cryptograph.

Ashton Kutcher’s piece, digitized in a low-resolution phone-camera shot, is a remarkably bare-bones doodle of cartoon eyes and a one-stroke star.

The ‘Two and a Half Men’ star adds his star power to crypto-art creators, including Paris Hilton, Skeet Ulrich and David Arquette. He has picked two charities, Global Wildlife Conservation and Oxygen Seven, to receive a portion of the sale.

Cryptograph commented on the historical aspect of Kutcher’s digital artwork. “He has created a physical sketch drawn inside a book, which he then digitizes before destroying the physical version of his work, by burning it,” it said, in a statement, adding:

His idea here is to show that his physical creation is fully transcending into the digital realm, where its authenticity and immortality is absolute. This action is deeply symbolic and provokes one to think more on how the physical and digital realms can be combined in new and interesting ways.

Cryptograph added that Kutcher’s minimalist take on eyes looking at a star, viewed in the context of the title, is probably meant to capture the subjective nature of art.

Now, in its second year, Cryptograph is a blockchain technology that converts drawings into unique digital artworks that cannot be copied, stolen, or destroyed. A portion of all sales are donated to charities of the artists’ choice.

Kutcher’s investment firms, A-Grade Investments and Sound Ventures, have put money into multiple crypto firms. It remains to be seen whether his piece matches Paris Hilton’s cat doodle which was recently fetched at $17,000, but his participation is the latest instance of Hollywood royalty flexing their crypto art goals.

Early last month, reported on the growing sales of non-fungible token (NFT) artwork on marketplaces like Opensea, Nifty Gateway, and Makerplace. Nifty Gateway recently broke records, selling a digital piece by the artist Trevor Jones for $55,555.

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