• Crypto art Block 21

    Crypto art paying tribute to Bitcoin’s inventor sells for $130,000 at auction

    The selling price of the Satoshi Nakamoto-themed artwork was seven times the “high” estimate set by Christie’s, one of the world’s best-known auction houses

    In “Block 21,” 322,048 digits from Satoshi Nakamoto’s original code for Bitcoin are painstakingly engraved and individually painted. It’s part of a wider collection of 40 circular panels called “Portraits Of A Mind” that feature a full transcription of all 12.3 million digits. Bidding at the Christie’s auction house had originally started at $22,000—far beyond the initial estimate of $12,000 to $18,000—but the artwork ended up selling for a whopping $131,250.