A Superman inspired, one-of-a-kind, non fungible token (NFT) sold for a whopping 27 ETH last week, which at the time valued the artwork at over USD$10,000.
Created by veteran comic book artist José Delbo, the piece titled "The Last Son of Krypton Fights for Humankind" was sold on the Makersplace platform and achieved a new record for the site.
Focusing on this unique moment in time, the artist pitched the comic book hero in combat with viral spores and described it as "A depiction of one of the most recognized superheroes I’ve famously illustrated. Expressed in my iconic pencil illustration style, the Last Son of Krypton battles a pandemic of galactic proportions to save humankind."
Born in Argentina in 1933, artist José Delbo is the real deal and is perhaps best known as for his work portraying Wonder Woman for DC Comics, The Transformers for Marvel Comics, and illustrating The Beatles Yellow Submarine with Gold Key Comics. As a result, he is a sought after speaker on the convention circuit
The Whale Purchaser
The buyer of the record-breaking NFT was none other than WhaleShark - a character almost as colourful as those drawn by José Delbo.
According to his Twitter feed, WhaleShark is known as an anonymous "Collector of all things Bleeding Edge and Scarce."
For those who don't know, earlier this year WhaleShark launched his own digital token known as WHALE which at the time was described by news outlets as a "new social currency backed by art and digital land in the form of non fungible tokens (NFTs) stored on the blockchain."
The NFTs backing the currency, which include gaming and digital real estate as well as artwork, can be viewed on WhaleShark's Opensea account, known as the Vault.
While many, including myself, doubted an anonymous collector could attract a stable base of token holders, WhaleShark's nose for a digital store of value has recently seen a spike in interest for WHALE.
At the time of writing this article, CoinGecko clearly show the rising interest in the asset.
Can that interest be maintained or even increased? Honestly, I have no idea - but the evolving concept of an anonymous art connoisseur on the blockchain is certainly a phenomenon worth watching.