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Freddie Mercury NFTs go on sale for AIDS charity

The works by artists Blake Kathryn, Chad Knight, Mat Maitland and MBSJQ will be sold in a timed auction on digital art marketplace SuperRare over 75 hours starting on September 20, organisers said

By: Reuters | London |
September 17, 2021 1:30:00 pm
Freddie Mercury, Freddie Mercury NFT, Freddie Mercury AIDS charityNFT's artwork "Somebody To Love" by artist Mat Maitland. (Mercury Phoenix Trust/SuperRare/Hando0ut via REUTERS)

Four non-fungible token (NFT) artworks inspired by late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury are being auctioned off 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.

Freddie Mercury, Freddie Mercury NFT, Freddie Mercury AIDS charity NFT’s artwork Celebration Of Uniquity by artist Chad Knight is seen in this undated handout image. (Mercury Phoenix Trust/SuperRare/Handout via REUTERS)

The works by artists Blake Kathryn, Chad Knight, Mat Maitland and MBSJQ will be sold in a timed auction on digital art marketplace SuperRare over 75 hours starting on Sept. 20, organisers said.

Proceeds will go The Mercury Phoenix Trust, an AIDS charity founded by Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor and band manager Jim Beach in the singer’s memory.

The market for NFTs – niche crypto assets which are blockchain-based records of ownership of a digital item such as an image or a video – has been surging, though sceptics have warned of a bubble.

Freddie Mercury, Freddie Mercury NFT, Freddie Mercury AIDS charity NFT’s artwork Sanctuary by artist Blake Kathryn is seen in this undated handout image. (Mercury Phoenix Trust/SuperRare/Handout via REUTERS)

“Freddie Mercury left a very simple creative brief to the world on his passing. ‘You can do whatever you want with my work, just never make me boring’,” SuperRare and the Mercury Phoenix Trust said in a joint statement on Thursday.

Mercury, who studied graphic art and design, would have turned 75 on Sept. 5. He died from AIDS-related pneumonia in 1991.

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