Nonfungible tokens have emerged as one of the most popular use cases of blockchain technology, generating billions of dollars in revenue through 2021.
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Non-custodial cryptocurrency platform ShapeShift DAO has launched a new NFT auction in support of female artists in the nonfungible token and blockchain industries — a segment of the population that remains underrepresented in this emerging digital economy.
The auction for “Block 495559–Crypto Kitties and the Great Hairball in the Tubes,” a collaborative one-of-a-kind NFT series created by female artist LunaHawk and ShapeShift DAO director GrayMachine, will be held on OpenSea between April 4-11. The NFT series was created on Ethereum’s mainnet. It will feature custom-made digital art featuring animals that tells the story of crypto-assets.
ShapeShift DAO members approved of LunaHawk’s 10-piece NFT series in October 2021. The collection was displayed for the first time at the ETHDenver conference, February.
According to GrayMachine, the NFT auction will be a first of a series that will launch in the “coming weeks and months.”
ShapeShift DAO plans to contribute 10% of the NFT proceeds to the Women of Crypto Art Fund, a community group that supports women in the digital art space. Giveth, a cryptocurrency-focused charitable funding platform, will make the contributions.
In addition to promoting women in blockchain, ShapeShift DAO said the auction will also support the needs of the decentralized autonomous organization as it continues to grow.
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As Cointelegraph reported, ShapeShift began to decentralize its entire organization in July 2021 in an unprecedented move that included the largest airdrop in history and full open-sourcing of its platform code. The ShapeShift DAO Governance Treasury, as well as the company’s employees and shareholders, were given a three-year vesting schedule beginning June 2, 2021.
The market for NFTs, meanwhile, has slowed considerably from its torrid growth pace in 2021. By early March, monthly NFT buyers had dipped below 800,000 for the first time since October as search volumes for digital collectibles also declined sharply. NFT adoption seems to be rising despite the pullback. This is due to greater global awareness.