Trans Artist FEWOCiOUS Auctions Crypto Art Collection for $2.16M

Transgender digital artist FEWOCiOUS sold off a collection of physical and digital artworks this week. Fetching a total price of $2.16 million.

The creator, whose real name is Victor Langlois, auctioned a series that included five unique non-fungible tokens (NFTs) with British auction house Christie’s. According to reports, over 20 collectors placed bids on the 18-year-old’s work. He is the youngest artist to have their work sold at Christie’s.

Each lot in the collection, entitled in full as “Hello, i’m Victor (FEWOCiOUS) and This Is My Life”, reportedly represents a year in the artist’s life. Spanning from when he was 14 to 18-years-old, the series follows Victor’s journey to understanding his gender identity, his subsequent transition, and relocating to Seattle from Las Vegas. 

The five lots each consisted of both physical and video artworks, the latter sold exclusively as an NFT. They also included physical and NFT doodle collections, plus drawings and journal entries.

FEWOCiOUS later issued a tearful thankyou message in a video on their Instagram account.

This multimillion-dollar haul is FEWOCiOUS’ latest success in the NFT space. Reports indicate that he only started in digital art in 2020, with a $25,000 sale on Nifty Gateway funding his relocation to Seattle back in November. He later sold another work for $35,000 in January, and in March, his NFT “The Everlasting Beautiful” fetched $550,000. Between those two, he also collaborated with virtual sneaker brand RTFKT to design a number of NFT shoes. The shoes sold for a total of $3 million in less than seven minutes.

Christie’s Gets Behind NFTs

This is hardly the first time legendary British auction house Christie’s has shown support for the crypto space this year. In February, in preparation to auction off the work of digital artist Beeple, Christie’s announced they would accept bids made in Ether (ETH). They accepted the payments through the Gemini exchange.

Furthermore, a couple of months later, they held an auction for a limited series of CryptoPunks NFTs. The digital artworks, consisting of 24 x 24 8-bit-style portraits, sold in May for just under $17 million. Reports indicate that this auction has been recognized as the beginning of a crypto art movement.