Portrait of fashion designer Virgil Abloh by artist Rob Prior and its 1:1 NFT sold for $1M

Internationally acclaimed pop artist and painter Rob Prior today announced a historic multi-million dollar art sale at Art Basel Miami. The sale included the purchase of a watercolor portrait of famed fashion designer Virgil Abloh from real estate executive Daniel Pettit for $ 1 million. Prior painted the piece live in Miami and Pettit immediately offered to buy it. The painting comes with a rare 1: 1 NFT of the portrait coined by QNFT, a division of BQT Technologies.

“As an art collector, it’s one thing to make a transactional purchase and own a work of art,” Pettit said. “But watching Rob paint, and then take that piece home and relive that experience, takes his art to a whole different level.”

Prior is expanding its work with NFT. Prior’s first NFT offering, “Reign of Money: What the F # $%”, a 1: 1 NFT sold for $ 182,050. The artist will build on his previous NFT findings with a new cryptocurrency-based project. For this new venture, Prior will work with QNFT, a blockchain market development group, to bring a selection of NFTs with their renowned art to NFT collectors. BQT Technologies CEO Edward W. Mandel called the partnership with Prior “child’s play”.

“Watching Rob paint is like watching a conductor at Carnegie Hall and we are honored to be part of Rob’s team. We are saving all of the “back-stage” content of Rob’s masterpieces for NFT metadata to be recorded in the story, “Mandel said.

Among other works of art were a pair of portraits featuring multiple world championship-winning boxer Canelo Álvarez, sold together for $ 500,000. The proceeds of a work by Canelo, “Left: Canelo Portrait n. 1”, will be entirely donated to charity. Further sales included a touching portrait of global art icon Frida Kahlo, which was inspired by the recent sale of her self-portrait “Diego Y yo” at Sotheby’s for $ 34.9 million. Prior has also completed and sold a couple of Bruce Lee portraits and one of his “Stan Lee Legacy Collection” parody comic covers featuring and signed by comic book titan Stan Lee, which will go to the home of an anonymous Hillsboro, FL pharmaceutical executive. .

Steven Wang is an executive at the Las Vegas-based fantasy sports company Superdraft. He is a longtime admirer of Bruce Lee, and was fascinated by looking at Prior’s work while attending Art Basel Miami. After its completion, Wang purchased the portraits.

“Bruce Lee has always been my hero,” Wang said. “When I saw Rob’s paintings of the great Bruce Lee, I connected instantly. Rob is a talented artist who was able to reflect the greatness of Bruce Lee and his character, pieces so lively, I felt Bruce was moving in these paintings. “

After the sale, Prior expressed his gratitude to the collectors, stating “I always tell fans ‘I make art’. But, I have to say, it is a bit humbling that collectors express interest and trust in my pieces to attribute to them. a value like this “.

Most of the work sold was completed in various large locations throughout Miami, such as Context Hall. Prior’s appearance in Miami once again proved its ability to enchant immense crowds of art connoisseurs from all over the world.

A member of the audience, present for Virgil Abloh’s live painting, remarked, “I saw the audience cry, overwhelmed by the power of the live creation of this true art.”

About Rob Prior

Rob Prior’s career in art and content creation spans more than thirty years, with the demand for his pieces traveling far and wide. He has exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States, Europe and Asia. Prior is known for his live paintings, which attract audiences of over 300,000 viewers each year, capturing their imaginations with both his pop and fine art. When not painting, Prior creates and directs film and television. He has been called “one of the leading content creators” of his generation.

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