Best known for playing Captain James T. Kirk in the iconic Star Trek franchise, William Shatner is selling signed and authenticated NFTs. In conjunction with Mattereum, Shatner is auctioning real-world asset non-fungible tokens (rwaNFTs) via the OpenSea marketplace.
Who wants the first real world cigar on the blockchain? Or Denny Crane prop Business card? @justinsuntron? @VitalikButerin? @cameron? 🤷🏼♂️ There’s @StarTrek props & @MegoCorp signed Captain Kirk action figures all 1sts & guaranteed via authentication to be genuine for eternity!👇🏻🙌🏻 https://t.co/YbJn5CZtdO
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 30, 2021
Real World NFTs From Star Trek and Boston Legal up For Grabs
The word NFTs conjures up thoughts of digital artwork for most people. But, NFTs can encompass a variety of other use cases, including event tickets, identity documentation, and gaming items.
Off the back of several high-profile sales, most notably Beeple’s First 5000 Days, it’s the NFT art market that has garnered the most attention in recent times. However, despite bringing art to a whole new audience, some art purists say there’s no substitute for physical art.
But that argument becomes void when it comes to the tokenization of real-world assets. Shatner’s rwaNFTs represent memorabilia and props from his roles as Captain Kirk of Star Trek and Denny Crane from Boston Legal.
The rwaNFTs are blockchain tokens that give digital ownership of a physical good recorded on the Ethereum blockchain. Third Millennia are responsible for ensuring items meet the expectations of collectors. At the same time, Mattereum has handled the asset passports, vaulting, and insurance.
The holder of the rwaNFT can exchange the token for the physical item and have it shipped to them. It’s assumed the rwaNFT is burned once exchanged. Alternatively, they can choose to keep the NFT and trade it with others.
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