Mint Gold Dust, a digital ecosystem for connecting creators and providing provenance through smart contracts, sold Series 1 RAREPEPE, RAREPEPE NAKAMOTO, Card 1 for $500k, originally valued at $25k earlier this year, on November 5.
The collectible was purchased by MetaKovan, who famously bought Beeple’s EVERYDAYS: THE FIRST 5000 DAYS NFT for $69 million earlier this year.
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The auction showcases Mint Gold Dust’s growing marketplace, which offers a 24/7 artist market and creative studio for NFT creators while providing managed service whitelabel solutions for digital and physical NFTs.
Invezz talks to the founder and CEO of the ecosystem, Kelly LeValley Hunt.
What provoked major NFT investor MetaKovan’s interest in the RAREPEPE series, do you think?
When I talked to MetaKovan, he originally had great interest in the RAREPEPE Book, written by Eleonora Brizi and MemeConscious. In the book, the first ever card listed for Series 1 is RAREPEPE Satoshi Nakamoto. RAREPEPE was the first community driven NFT minted on chain and is regarded as the first art project in the crypto space.
As the platform that sold this homage to Satoshi Nakamoto, what’s your take on the debate: do you believe he existed? Is he Craig Wright? What are your thoughts on the trial of the century (Kleiman vs. Wright) and its possible outcome?
Why do you think Satoshi Nakamoto is a he? That’s my question. I think Craig Wright is somewhat of an opportunist and he should stop pretending to be a woman when he doesn’t identify as one.
Will there be anything special for or from Mint Gold Dust in the near future?
Mint Gold Dust is an ecosystem for artists, collectors and collaborators from multiple industries that will transform how people interact with the digital world. Mint Gold Dust is the Bauhaus of web3.
How will NFT market regulation impact ecosystems like Mint Gold Dust?
Right now, the main focus on NFTs is around art, but in reality, it goes far beyond that. There isn’t a one size fits all NFT regulation. Regulators need to understand that NFTs will be applied across multiple industries. Mint Gold Dust has built our ecosystem to support artists and collectors as regulations evolve by preempting their needs. For example, we’ve invested in Gilded.Finance for artist and collector financial reporting which helps them follow the laws and regulations around capital gains and income tax.
Does any entity stand in direct competition to your ecosystem?
Kelly LeValley Hunt: Every NFT platform has its own beautiful uniqueness. Mint Gold Dust is not just a platform, but an ecosystem that functions to support artists and collectors. With the artists and collectors, plus the industries we have invested in and partnered with, Mint Gold Dust is a self-sustaining economy.
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