Due to massive consumer interest internet shopping has grown massively and over time become one of the most marvellous shopping centres, filled with highly peculiar items to buy. Fortunately for consumers currently living in an age where individuals possess numerous purely digital assets, blockchain technology have seen some acquire a few highly interesting items. Deals, which for the greater part go unnoticed but a few baffling ones, managed to capture attention and contributed to shaping our contemporary digital shopping culture.
However, a couple of curious cases have come to light. In the first such case, a blockchain bidder identified as 09E282 won an auction bid ending on the 27th of May after making a substantial offer of over $113,000 in wrapped ETH (wETH) on a virtual F1 race car. The bidder topped a list of 15 competing bidders who all vied to close the deal to finally conclude after having placed 40 bids for the virtual collectable.
The non-fungible token (NFT) represents a new racing car for a newly launched named F1 Delta Time which is a game based on a blockchain utilising the ERC-20 and ERC-721 standards and operating on an Ethereum blockchain. The game, created by Animoca Brands a developer/publisher of apps and games, is similar to its other creations aimed specifically at the cellular smart device market and became the first non-fungible official F1 collection token, which forms part of the company’s new range of crypto collectables.
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Initial comments on the winning bid revealed many thought it another marketing ploy. For example GTPlanet, an online community specifically focused on the long standing series of Gran Turismo racing game titles, commented on the article by asking why anyone would want to spend such a large amount of money on the purchase of a virtual race car only useful in an as yet unreleased racing game with so little information available on the game. The comment went on saying that despite NFT-based cryptocurrency gaming titles such as F1 Delta Time representing exciting and interesting new ways to employ blockchain, this venture seems so bizarre and outrageous it could seem suspicious.
The second notably bemusing transaction involves the acquisition of a $9,500 piece of digital luxury apparel, sold during an auction held at the New York hosted Ethereal Summit. The item aptly named “Iridescence” and described as the world’s very first digital dress, creatively imagined, and designed as a collaborative effort between artist Johanna Jaskowska and Dapper Labs, Dapper were the team responsible for CryptoKitties. The contemporary wonder sold via blockchain by Dutch startup group “The Fabricant” will custom tailor similarly stylish apparel should any other individuals decide they are in the market to purchase a unique piece of digital fashion wear.