Webb’s, a Kiwi auction house, has given strange advice to the winners of the glass plate portraits. In fact, the sale by the New Zealand-based auction house included ownership of the NFTs as well as original plates. The interesting part is that each portrait comes with a small brass hammer.
What do you think of that? Is this Kiwi auction house move a risky ploy to increase interest?
The story behind Kiwi Auction House telling buyers to smash works of art
In recent months, photographer Nirvana has faced backlash for selling NFTs of the brand. However, Webb’s Auction House’s latest stunt has received mixed reactions so far. It’s not usual when the head of art tells winning bidders to “Smash it”.
A little return on these works
Basically, New Zealand artist Charles Goldie created these glass portraits between 1910 and 1920. He is best known for his paintings of Maori chiefs as well as their communities. Certainly, Goldie wanted to preserve the heritage of the Maori people who became his friends.
In particular, a custom-made pine box featuring these portraits accompanied by a framed print was auctioned. Likewise, the NFTs and the Hammer are included in the same bundle.
Charles Ninow, artistic lead at Webb’s, said: “Maybe you want to make it digital permanently. Crush it? Crush it”
With success, the portrait of Charles Fredrik Goldie sold for the staggering sum of NZ$76,250. Additionally, the Kiwi Auction House sold another portrait for NZ$51,250. It is likely that the success in selling these portraits is due to NFTs.
Charles Ninow said, “It’s really important to New Zealand history and in a way we’re making it immortal.”
Although, Webb’s has no comment. on the allegations. Also, we do not know if the successful bidders followed the advice.
Several auction galleries are increasingly trying to use NFT technology. For example, Sotheby’s, one of the largest art auction houses, has opened its own NFT marketplace.