Anthony Hopkins, a Welsh actor, director, and producer, has seen his first NFT collection sold out in less than 10 minutes despite the overall soar market conditions and dwindling user interest in digital collectibles.
Called “The Eternal Collection,” the project was launched in collaboration with NFT design agency Orange Comet, and featured 1000 original cinematic art pieces inspired by different performances of the actor over his film acreer.
The body of work “conceptualizes an interpretation of the vast character archetypes Sir Anthony Hopkins has portrayed over his illustrious film career, drawing its potent energy from his stimulating body of art,” according to the collection’s description on OpenSea.
The archetypes names include “The Jester”, “The Lover”, “The Ruler”, “The Rebel”, “The Giver”, and “The Eternal,” each of which represents the various archetypal characters the actor has played throughout his prosperous career.
The mint price for each NFT was 0.25 ETH (around $325), though the floor price of the collection currently stands at 0.69 ETH ($885). Notably, NFT holders have a chance to win personalized NFTs from Hopkins, an autographed art book, and a Zoom call with him.
“Thanks to everyone for helping make this a huge success! Oscar Winner Anthony Hopkins’ First NFT Collection Sold Out in Minutes on OpenSea,” said Dave Broome, CEO of Orange Comet.
Hopkins has showed interest in Web3 and NFTs for some time now, most recently adding an ENS domain to his Twitter profile. He also starred in the sci-fi film Zero Contact, which was released via the NFT platform Vuele.
NFT Market Down by Every Metric
What makes the success of “The Eternal Collection” even more impressive is that the project had a splashy debut despite the overall bad market conditions, especially for NFTs. As reported, NFT trading volume has taken a major dive, plunging by nearly 100% from its all-time high in January this year.
The trading volume for NFTs stood at $17 billion at begining of the year. However, that figure plunged to just $466 million in September, representing a drop of 97%. The drop is in line with the broader market downturn and the global market rout, caused by the war in Europe, rising inflation, and poor central bank policies.
“The fading NFT mania is part of a wider, $2 trillion wipeout in the crypto sector as rapidly tightening monetary policy starves speculative assets of investment flows,” Bloomberg reported in late September.
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