Sotheby's Metaverse arm sells over $2.5M as part of 3AC auctions

And more exciting pieces going on auction very soon...

Three Arrows Capital (3AC) was a hedge fund founded by Kyle Davies and Su Zhu that collapsed and filed for bankruptcy in June 2022 (after borrowing billions of dollars to fund its operations). The firm invested in an extensive list of protocols and blockchains (e.g., Solana, Luna, Ethereum, Polkadot, and Aave).

According to the latest reports, they face $3.5B(!) in creditor claims.

Autoglyph #187 by Larva Labs sold for $571,000 (estimated at 120,000 - 180,000 USD).

Interestingly, Davies and Zhu had a strong taste in art (hopefully?), as among their assets is an impressive digital art collection.

Teneo, the company in charge of liquidating the collection to pay back part of the debt, released the list of artworks. It includes iconic digital art pieces: Archetype by Kjetil Golid (13), Apparitions by Aaron Penne (20), Autoglyphs (3), CENTURY by Casey REAS (4), Chromie Squiggle by Snowfro (2), CryptoPunks (11), Deafbeef (3), Crypto Citizen (1), Elementals by Michael Connolly (3), Elevated Deconstructions by luxpris (4), Endless Nameless by Rafaël Rozendaal (5), Fidenza by Tyler Hobbs (30), Genesis by DCA (2), Ringers by Dmitri Cherniak (17), Subscapes by Matt DesLauriers (7), Alpha Centauri Kid 1/1s (3).1

Grails: Property from an Iconic Digital Art Collection - Sotherby's Metaverse

Grails: Property from an Iconic Digital Art Collection.

Sotheby's Metaverse got its hands into these outstanding collections and is auctioning them at different dates in public and private auctions —they call these pieces GRAILS (not to be confused with PROOF Grails).

Ringers #194 by Dmitri Cherniak sold for $152,400 (estimated at 50,000 - 70,000 USD).

Ringers #194 by Dmitri Cherniak sold for $152,400 (estimated at 50,000 - 70,000 USD).

The first artworks went on auction last week, and all have been going for more than anticipated by Sotheby’s analyst. As I noted in the weekly digest, Fidenza #725 by Tyler Hobbs sold for over $1M, while Autoglyph #187 by Larva Labs went for over half a million dollars.

Fidenza #725 by Tyler Hobbs sold for 1,016,000 USD (estimated at 120,000 - 180,000 USD).

Besides the pieces that already sold (beating the estimates by a wide margin), I made a list of the ones I would bid on — if I had the means — and included my own sales estimate…

It will be fun to see how far off I was (or accurate)…

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  1. Ringers #879 by Dmitri Cherniak, aka “The Goose”

  • Estimation: $340,000 to $400,000.

Ringers #879 by Dmitri Cherniak, aka “The Goose”.

Ringers #879 by Dmitri Cherniak, aka “The Goose”.

  1. CENTURY #559 by Casey REAS

  • Estimation: $18,000 to $38,000

CENTURY #559 by Casey REAS

CENTURY #559 by Casey REAS.

  1. Subscapes #479 by Matt DesLauriers

  • Estimation: $30,000 to $60,000

Subscapes #479 by Matt DesLauriers.

4. Archetype #397 by Kjetil Golid

Estimation: $400,000 to $500,000

Archetype #397 by Kjetil Golid

Archetype #397 by Kjetil Golid.

5. Dreams #469 by Joshua Bagley

  • Estimation: $5,000 to $20,000

Dreams #469 by Joshua Bagley

Dreams #469 by Joshua Bagley.

  1. Apparitions #852 by Aaron Penne

  • Estimation: $4,000 to $16,000

Apparitions #852 by Aaron Penne

Apparitions #852 by Aaron Penne.

  1. Chromie Squiggle #3830 by Erick Calderon “Snowfro”

  • Estimation: $95,000 to $165,000

Chromie Squiggle #3830 by Erick Calderon “Snowfro”

Chromie Squiggle #3830 by Erick Calderon “Snowfro”.

  1. Fidenza #805 by Tyler Hobbs

  • Estimation: $375,000 to $455,000

Fidenza #805 by Tyler Hobbs.

What are your favorite Grails from the 3AC collection? What are your estimates?

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Until next time,

- Kaloh


Three Arrows Capital, Ltd (in Liquidation) document released by Teneo, February 22, 2023

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