What Are Non-Fungible Tokens, And What Makes Them Worth So Much?

While bitcoin gets a bad rap in the press, with rumours of crypto-criminals and cryptocurrency mining driving regular people out of their homes, there is another type of crypto asset garnering a lot of interest. Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) could provide an online market for collectables and art, but how does it differ from other forms of cryptocurrency?

What Exactly is a Non-Fungible Token?

Non-fungible tokens are a new type of digital asset unique and cannot be duplicated or cloned. They often represent real-world items like artworks, physical goods or events.

NFTs are digital assets representing anything from a piece of art to an investment in a company. The value of NFTs can vary greatly depending on what they represent and their popularity.

It’s hard to imagine a world without fungibility. Without fungibility, there would be no money because you wouldn’t be able to exchange one £10 note for two £5 notes or any other combination of notes and coins. And since modern economies depend on convertible currencies, it’s hard to imagine how they could function without this quality.

How Do NFTs Work?

NFTs are a relatively new concept in the world of art. One of the things people like about traditional works of art such as paintings is that each one is unique. Digital files can be quickly and endlessly duplicated, making it difficult for artists to make money from their work.  When you buy a painting, you buy the unique artwork hanging on your wall. But what happens when your valuable painting gets damaged or stolen? You can’t replace it with another one like it.

Traditional works of art are so valuable-they’re one-of-a-kind, making them unique. But digital files are easy to copy, meaning that if someone copies your painting, they can sell it as their work of art. It’s a problem for artists and collectors alike-but what if there was a way to solve it? What if there was a way to take digital files and make them unique, just like traditional paintings?

That’s where NFTs come in: They’re digital certificates of ownership that can be bought and sold for all valuable digital assets.

What is the average price for NFTs?

The value of NFTs is a hotly debated topic. While anybody can theoretically tokenize their work to sell as an NFT, recent headlines of multi-million-dollar sales have fueled interest in this new trend.

Minting an NFT can cost anywhere from $1 to $500 and sometimes even more. In the month of August 2021, sales were highest, with $4.854 billion in sales and an average sell price of $1,070. It can be compared to January 2022, which also brought in high numbers, with $4.820 billion sold at an average price of $519.

Twitter’s founder Jack Dorsey has promoted an NFT of the first-ever tweet, with bids for it reaching $2.5 million.

Why Don’t More People Copy Digital Art?

Nothing! Beeples’ digital art is not like your typical piece of art. It’s not something that can be easily copied or reproduced-and it isn’t just because of the price tag. A lot of people think that the reason Beeple’s work is so valuable is that it’s something you can’t copy. But that’s not true at all.

Beeple’s art is worth so much because of its quality and the fact that there’s only one original in existence. And even if someone tried to copy your original piece, they would have to make an exact replica-down to the exact pixel-to get anywhere close to passing it off as authentic.

So, what does this mean for buyers? Well, not only do you own a one-of-a-kind masterpiece by one of today’s most popular digital artists, but you also own a token that proves you own the original work.

Some people compare buying an NFT like this to buying an autographed print-but the difference here is that no matter how many people see or share your NFT, no one can ever claim their copy as authentic without having proof from you (or whoever else owns one) that it is indeed authentic.

In a Nutshell

Non-fungible tokens are taking the crypto world by storm, with potentially revolutionary implications for many areas of society. They’ve already shown their commercial worth, with some NFTs trading for hundreds or even thousands of dollars and some in the millions.

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