Payment can be made in BTC or ETHSotheby's is considered one of the world's leading companies in the art and antiques market. The tradition-rich company has existed since 1744 and has centres in New York, London, Paris, Geneva and Hong Kong. Now the famous auction house has announced: It has sold a type IIa diamond for $12 million and accepted a cryptocurrency as payment.
"In recent months, cryptocurrencies have begun to make a name for themselves in the world of physical art and objects. Today, they take their biggest step yet, as Sotheby's announces that cryptocurrency will be accepted as payment for one of the rarest and greatest treasures on earth - an extraordinary 101.38-carat pear-shaped D Flawless diamond."
According to Sotheby's, this is a particularly rare type of diamond that is also considered the most chemically pure. The diamond is called "Key 101.38" and is, according to Sotheby's, the second largest pear-shaped diamond ever sold to the public. So it goes without saying that the gem comes with a "certificate of authenticity" and a monograph:
"Type IIa diamonds are the most chemically pure type of diamond and often have exceptional optical transparency. The GIA report is also accompanied by a monograph."
Diamond holds sales record
Sotheby's points out, "Cryptocurrency as a means of payment - this marks a significant moment in the evolution of the market. For the diamond holds a special record: no other physical object with an estimate even close to the US$10-15 million the diamond is worth has ever been publicly offered for sale with a cryptocurrency (although the company is silent about which cryptocurrency the diamond was paid for in).
Another art record is also directly related to cryptocurrencies: In December, the US artist "Beeple" sold a collection of his digital artworks at Christie's auction house - for the equivalent of 69 million dollars in Ethereum.
This probably also caught the attention of the decision-makers at Sotheby's, because shortly afterwards the New York auction house was also in the headlines on the topic of cryptocurrencies: At that time, they announced that they would now accept payments in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum (to be bought at eToro or Libertex). The crypto purchases at Sotheby's are processed via the crypto exchange Coinbase Commerce.
For auction houses, cryptocurrencies are attractive means of payment because they automatically expand the spectrum of potential customers. Conversely, blockchain technology gives many digital artists the opportunity to monetise their works for the first time. The gigantic demand for corresponding offers has, for example, brought NFT portals such as Rarible.com, Mintable or OpenSea into being.
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