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Los Angeles, USA, December 11, 2021, Chainwire
Internationally renowned pop artist and painter Rob Prior today announced a landmark multi-million dollar art sale at Art Basel Miami. The sale included the purchase of a watercolor portrait of famous fashion designer Virgil Abloh by real estate executive Daniel Pettit for $ 1 million. Prior painted the piece live in Miami and Pettit immediately offered to buy it. The painting comes with a rare 1: 1 portrait NFT coined by QNFT, a division of BQT Technologies.
“As an art collector, it’s one thing to make a transactional purchase and own a piece of art, ”Pettit said. “But watching Rob paint and then taking that piece home and reliving that experience takes his art to a whole different level.. ”
Prior is expanding his work with NFT. Prior’s first NFT offering, “Reign of Money: What the F # $%,” a 1: 1 NFT sold for $ 182,050. The artist will build on his previous NFT accomplishments with a new crypto-based project. For this new venture, Prior will work with QNFT, a blockchain market development group, to bring a selection of NFTs with their renowned art to NFT collectors. BQT Technologies CEO Edward W. Mandel called Prior’s partnership “a no-brainer.”
“Watching Rob paint is like watching a symphony conductor at Carnegie Hall and we are honored to be part of Rob’s team. We are saving all the content ‘behind the scenes’ of Rob’s making his masterpieces so that the NFT metadata is recorded in history.”Mandel said.
Among other works of art were a pair of portraits of the multi-world championship-winning boxer Canelo Álvarez, which sold together for $ 500,000. Proceeds from a Canelo piece, “Left: Canelo Portrait No. 1,” will be donated in full to charity. Additional sales included a poignant portrait of global art icon Frida Kahlo, which was inspired by the recent sale of her self-portrait ‘Diego And I’ at Sotheby’s for $ 34.9 million. Prior also completed and sold a pair of Bruce Lee portraits, and one of his parody comic book covers “Stan Lee Legacy Collection” with and signed by comedic titan Stan Lee, which will go to the home of an anonymous pharmaceutical executive from HIllsboro. , FL. .
Steven Wang is an executive at the Las Vegas-based fantasy sports company Superdraft. He’s a longtime Bruce Lee fan, and was captivated to see Prior’s work while attending Art Basel Miami. After completion, Wang bought the portraits.
“Bruce Lee has always been my heroSaid Wang. “When I saw Rob’s paintings of the great Bruce Lee, I was instantly connected. Rob is a talented artist who was able to reflect the greatness of Bruce Lee and his character, pieces so animated that I felt like Bruce was moving in these paintings.. ”
After the sale, Prior expressed his appreciation to the collectors, stating “I always tell fans ‘I make art’. But I must say that it is a kind of humility that collectors express interest and faith in my pieces to give them a value like this.. “
Most of the works sold were completed at various large-scale venues in Miami, such as Context Hall. Prior’s appearance in Miami once again demonstrated his ability to mesmerize huge crowds of art connoisseurs from around the world.
An audience member, present for Virgil Abloh’s live painting, noted: “I watched as viewers cried, overwhelmed by the power of the live creation of this true art.. “
About Rob Prior
Rob Prior’s career in fine arts and content creation spans more than thirty years, and demand for his pieces travels far and wide. He has exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States, Europe and Asia. Prior is known for his live paintings, which attract more than 300,000 viewers each year, captivating their imaginations with both his pop art and his fine arts. When he’s not painting, Prior creates and directs motion pictures and television. He has been called “one of the quintessential content creators” of his generation.
About BQT / QNFT
BQT is a company that provides an ecosystem of blockchain applications. QNFT is a creator of the revolutionary vertical markets powered by DeFi NFT, which allow NFT collectors to coin, trade and exchange their NFT assets.