Andy Warhol Painting to Be Sold via Blockchain in ‘World’s First’ Crypto Art Auction

Blockchain platform Maecenas has announced today, June 7, that  it will hold the “world’s first cryptocurrency art auction”, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph. The platform will be selling fractional ownership of Andy Warhol’s 14 Small Electric Chairs – worth $5.6 mln – at crypto-friendly UK fine art gallery Dadiani Syndicate on June 20.

The sale of 49 percent ownership interest in the painting, which is part of Warhol’s 1980 Reversal series, will allow buyers to purchase digital certificates of partial ownership on the Maecenas blockchain platform using their ART token as well as Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH).

Maecenas creates tamper-proof digital certificates linked to works of art on the blockchain, which investors can then buy and sell to other investors on the Maecenas exchange.

According to the press release, while a smart contract run on the Ethereum blockchain will determine the final price for Warhol’s painting, Maecenas noted that the reserve price is