Jose Delbo, the artist who painted Wonder Woman comics in the late 1970s, made $ 1.85 million from an auction to sell non-innate icons, or NFTs, that show the popular heroine.
The 87-year-old Argentine, who also worked for the Beatles Batman, Transformers and Yellow Submarine, has partnered with Milan-based crypto art duo Hackatao to create an NFT projection called Heroines.
A total of 914 separate auctions were sold to NFT, each containing one of seven illustrations or animated GIFs depicting Wonder Woman in scenes that evoke themes related to women’s empowerment.
The tokens offered for auction included two unique copies, four “open limited editions” where only an unlimited number of NFTs could be issued during the auction, and one in which a maximum of 10 copies could be sold.
Heroines most sold was – Weight of the World, an animated GIF depicting Wonder Woman carrying the world in an empowering background. Bidder 888 acquired a lot with a total value of 88,888 Ether valued at approximately $ 136,000.
The open version of “Heroines – Stand Out” sold more than 10 copies, two of which were intended for artists and seven for lottery winners. The last remaining copy was auctioned for 15 Ether, or about $ 23,000. All proceeds from the sale were donated to Girls Who Code, an organization that works to bridge the gender gap in the tech industry.
Heroines – Shine Bright was the best open source limited edition, selling 151 copies for a total of $ 450,000.
Illustrated by José Delbo with Wonder Woman comics between 1976 and 1981 and he is no stranger to the world of cryptocurrencies, and in July 2020 he hosted a week-long exhibition of his comic art in the Ethereum-based virtual reality world.
Cartoon characters are growing in popularity in the cryptocurrency markets and Marvel officially launched Spiderman NFT, which sold for $ 25,000 in February of this year.