Four non-fungible token (NFT) artwork inspired by the late Queen singer Freddie Mercury is being auctioned for charity to mark what would have been his 75th birthday.
Three show the singer while the fourth is a dreamlike depiction of a white grand piano with a crown on its stool, surrounded by a pond of swimming goldfish.
Works by artists Blake Kathryn, Chad Knight, Mat Maitland and MBSJQ will be sold in a timed auction on the SuperRare digital art market for 75 hours starting September 20, organizers said.
Proceeds will go to the Mercury Phoenix Trust, an AIDS charity founded by Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor and group director Jim Beach in memory of the singer.
The market for NFTs – niche crypto assets that are blockchain-based records of ownership of a digital item such as an image or video – has grown, although skeptics have warned of a bubble.
“Freddie Mercury left the world with a very simple creative brief on his passing. ‘You can do whatever you want with my job, but never make me boring,” “SuperRare and the Mercury Phoenix Trust said Thursday in a joint statement. .
Mercury, who studied graphic art and design, would have turned 75 on September 5. He died of AIDS-related pneumonia in 1991.