Tiger King’s latest money-making scheme: Joe Exotic launches NFT auction from prison where he’s selling his pistol, leather jackets, audio recordings of himself in jail and a porn star’s bikini with starting bids of $100K
- Joe Exotic is launching his ‘Official Tiger King NFT’ auction on June 18
- Up for sale are the infamous Netflix star’s pistol and holster, pieces of clothing, audio recordings from prison, 15 digital trading cards, among other items
- The pistol and holster NFT has a starting bid of $101,984
- ‘Whether you love me or hate me for what you think I’ve done, there’s no doubt that everyone wants a piece of The Tiger King!’ Exotic said in a statement
- NFTs are unique digital tokens encrypted with an artist’s signature and which verify ownership and authenticity
- Exotic is serving a 22-year sentence in Texas for numerous wildlife violations and plotting to kill his rival Carole Baskin
Joe Exotic has set his sights on a new money-making scheme while he sits behind bars at a Texas federal prison: NFTs.
The infamous Netflix personality is launching his ‘Official Tiger King NFT’ auction this week, where he hopes to rake in hundreds of thousands of dollars for items including his pistol, leather jackets, trading cards, audio recordings of himself in jail and adult film star Rachel Starr’s bikini.
The auction items include tangible collectibles as well as 3D renderings encrypted with non-fungible tokens, the latest cryptocurrency craze.
One of the priciest items is Exotic’s pistol, which has a starting bid of $101,984.
‘I hope whoever purchases my favorite belongings is able to give them a well-deserved home,’ Exotic said in a statement.
‘Being able to auction off collectibles makes me feel connected with the outside world, especially without my cats by my side. Whether you love me or hate me for what you think I’ve done, there’s no doubt that everyone wants a piece of The Tiger King!’
Joe Exotic is launching an auction to sell some of his most prized items as NFTs – including the pistol he constantly carried on Tiger King
Exotic’s pistol NFT, which comes with the actual gun, has a starting bid of $101,984
The notorious Tiger King star, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, teamed up with MORE – a cryptocurrency concierge – to set up the first NFT auction from a prison.
The auction starts June 18 and will be hosted on Mintable, the leading NFT marketplace.
Items hitting the block include:
- Joe Exotic’s pistol and holster (Certified by Smith & Wesson) – 3-D model and physical item included
- Joe Exotic’s original fringed leather jacket – 3-D model and physical item
- Joe Exotic’s black leather jacket and pants set – 3-D model and physical items
- Rachel Starr’s bikini as seen on ‘Tiger King’ – 3-D model and physical item
- Joe Exotic authentic audio recordings from prison
- Joe Exotic digital trading cards – 15 digital trading cards will be available for purchase along with a hardcopy autographed collectible
- Joe Exotic cryptocurrency themed digital artworks
Adult film star Rachel Starr in an actual image and in the digital artwork at Exotic’s auction
The blue bikini worn by Starr will be part of the auction, which includes the actual piece of clothing and a 3-D model
These are two the Joe Exotic cryptocurrency themed digital artworks up for auction
15 digital trading cards will be available for purchase along with a hardcopy autographed collectible
Exotic, a former zoo operator and big cat collector, is serving a 22-year sentence in Texas for numerous wildlife violations and plotting to kill his rival Carole Baskin.
Since his imprisonment, he’s launched his own clothing line called REVENGE, which includes underwear and wacky fashion items like vests and shoes as well as a Joe Exotic Cannabis line.
Netflix’s docuseries ‘Tiger King’ showed Exotic struggle with money toward the end of his time at Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, which was his biggest source of income. He ultimately had to sell the park to Jeff Lowe in 2016 because he couldn’t afford it.
Lowe was shut down before the park even opened after federal authorities claimed he and his wife, Lauren Lowe, had repeatedly violated laws requiring appropriate care for animals and had not complied with an order to hire a qualified veterinarian.
A jaguar was the last of the Tiger King’s 68 big cats to be removed by federal agents at the end of May.
An NFT, or non-fungible token, is a unique digital token encrypted with an artist’s signature and which verifies its ownership and authenticity and is permanently attached to the piece.
Its popularity exploded in recent years and have become a lucrative source of income for viral stars, including Exotic’s rival Baskin, who dropped her own cryptocurrency and NFTs.
One of the digital artworks being sold in the NFT auction from prison
The ‘Official Tiger King NFT’ will be the first NFT launched from prison
What are NFTs? The latest cryptocurrency to take over the internet
What is a NFT?
A Non-Fungible Token (NFT) is a unique digital token encrypted with an artist’s signature and which verifies its ownership and authenticity and is permanently attached to the piece.
What do they look like?
Most NFTs include some kind digital artwork, such as photos, videos, GIFs, and music. Theoretically, anything digital could be turned into a NFT.
Where do you buy them?
At the moment, NFTs are most commonly sold in so-called ‘drops’, timed online sales by blockchain-backed marketplaces like Nifty Gateway, Opensea and Rarible.
Why would I want to own one?
There’s an array of reasons why someone may want to buy a NFT. For some, the reason may be emotional value, because NFTs are seen as collectors items. For others, they are seen as an investment opportunity similar to cryptocurrencies, because the value could increase.
When were NFTs created?
Writer and podcaster Andrew Steinwold traced the origins of NFTs back to 2012, with the creation of the Colored Coins cryptocurrency. But NFTs didn’t move into the mainstream until five years later, when the blockchain game CryptoKitties began selling virtual cats in 2017.