One of the NFTs sold by the news agency is an image of American politician Bernie Sanders with his mittens, sold for 7,500 euros.
The second auction of AFP photographs collected nearly 200,000 euros on Saturday, its first three NFTs having been awarded for nearly 15,000 euros, we learned from the Agency on Sunday.
In total, 90% of the lots offered left, the event having brought together more than 500 participants, connected remotely or present on site at the Ellia Art Gallery in Paris. From the guns of the 1870 war to the Liberation, Zidane’s headbutt or Notre-Dame on fire, Agence France-Presse offered 200 photos from its archives, at the end of an exhibition which attracted more than 5,000 visitors for ten days.
Bernie Sanders with his mittens
The Agency’s first three NFTs (digital photos authenticated by a reputedly unforgeable certificate) also attracted buyers for nearly 15,000 euros, including 7,500 for the image of the American politician Bernie Sanders with his mittens, the subject of countless misappropriations on social networks.
“This sale of art prints now places us in the landscape of collections and brings us closer to the general public, which is a double success”, rejoiced Marielle Eudes, director of special photo projects at Agence France Presse, some shots to join private or institutional collections.
Last year, for its first sale of its kind, AFP raised nearly 300,000 euros for all 187 lots offered, including 15,600 for its biggest success, a photo of Serge Gainsbourg burning a 500-franc note in 1984. The Saturday sale was carried out by Ader Entreprise et Patrimoine, in partnership with LaCollection.io for the three digital editions. All funds raised will go to safeguarding and restoring the Agency’s photographic collection.