Whitney Houston’s legacy will forever be timeless, even in the world of technology.
Earlier this month, non-fungible token (NFT) green marketplace OneOf announced that a rare full-length demo sung by the legend at age 17 would be auctioned off. Now, that item has become the highest sold NFT on the Tezos blockchain selling for nearly $1 million, Billboard reports.
“Whitney is an icon for the ages,” OneOf co-founder Joshua James said. “We couldn’t be more excited to be releasing this historical song from the very beginning of her journey as an artist.”
The winner of the auction, which ended yesterday (Dec.14), can not only revel in exclusive access to Houston’s recording, but the lucky individual also received digital artwork and videos crafted by 17-year-old photographer and curator Diana Sinclair.
Proceeds From NFT Collection Will Go To Whitney E. Houston Foundation
As AfroTech previously told you, Whitney Houston’s OneOf NFT collection contains different tiers, with the gold and platinum items featuring never-before-seen archival photos during her early life and the initial period of her career.
Buyers can also look forward to a dynamic scrapbook with animations that are still available. The diamond tier taps into more of Sinclair’s artwork, which was influenced by Houston’s greatest hits and music videos “The Greatest Love of All” and “I Will Always Love You.”
“Being able to collaborate with her music and her family really transformed the way that I saw her in her music videos. I feel more connected to the person that she was. Some of the messages that I put across in my artwork as well, they’re very similar,” Sinclair said in a video posted on Houston’s NFT collection landing page.
So far, the NFT collection has racked in over $1.1 million in sales, Billboard reports. The proceeds will be donated to the Whitney E. Houston Foundation.