The recent explosion in interest around crypto artwork released as verifiably rare and authenticated non-fungible tokens (NFTs) has yielded another high-dollar sale, this time starring a very recognizable pop culture heroine.
Today, crypto art marketplace MakersPlace announced that a sale of NFT artwork featuring DC Comics legend Wonder Woman has generated a total of $1.85 million in gross sales between limited and open edition variants. The artwork hails from veteran comic book artist José Delbo, who drew DC’s Wonder Woman comic from 1976-1981 and was the artist for other comics such as The Transformers and Batman Family.
The 87-year-old Argentinian artist teamed with Italian crypto art duo Hackatao to create the lightly animated Wonder Woman NFTs in the “Heroines” drop, which came in varying editions with different styles, background colors, and effects.
The single “Weight of the World” edition sold for 148.888 ETH, or $228,372, while the individual “Together We Stand” edition sold for 88.888 ETH, or $136,341. Both pieces went to a crypto art collector who goes by the name 888, who also bought dozens of the open edition variants of the artwork. The collector’s MakersPlace profile includes many other crypto art NFTs from other drops, as well.
Surprisingly, this drop doesn’t have the official DC Comics stamp on it, but it’s not the first time that Delbo has released artwork based on his past work for comic and entertainment giants. Delbo has previously released crypto NFT artwork on MakerSpace based on the likes of Batman and Transformers, as well as previous Wonder Woman artwork.
“More and more it feels like the future is digital and while I believe there will always be a sure place for physical art, I have really been enjoying creating digital art for this space,” Delbo told Decrypt in October, ahead of a Batman-themed crypto art drop.
The sizable Wonder Woman drop comes amidst a massive surge in the value of crypto artwork NFTs, with trading volume reaching $342 million in February alone. That’s more than all of 2020 combined, and a dramatic uptick from December’s tally of $12 million. Along with original artwork, the NFT boom has also encompassed licensed crypto collectibles, such as those from the surging NBA Top Shot. Even fast food chain Taco Bell has gotten in on the NFT craze with digital taco artwork.
One of the open edition Heroines pieces was auctioned to benefit Girls Who Code, a nonprofit organization that works to provide computer science education to young women. A $23,196 donation was made as a result of the sale.