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Old 08-31-2021, 12:09 PM   #1
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Fake Banksy NFT sells for 244,000


There's a fashion now for artists to sell "non-fungible tokens" that give a kind of ownership of their work. Anyone can download a copy of a digital artwork but only one person holds the NFT, which is registered on a blockchain.

Someone followed a link to Banksy's official site and found a page with an NFT auction advertised. He bid nearly twice as much as his nearest competitor and got the NFT. He paid with etherium, which is more or less like bitcoin. But here's the joke: Banksy doesn't do NFTs. Someone hacked the site and put up this fake page, then walked away with the auction proceeds. There's apparently no way of getting the money back.

You couldn't make it up!
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-58399338
 
Old 08-31-2021, 07:53 PM   #2
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Barnum was wrong.

There's lots more than one born every minute.
 
Old 09-01-2021, 03:19 AM   #3
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Unfortunately, some people have more money than sense....

'Art' never is 'worth' what some people seem willing to pay for it.

They should use the money, that they so obviously don't need, for the good of humanity!
 
Old 09-01-2021, 09:12 AM   #4
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Apparently he has now been given his money back, so it seems to have been a prank. We still don't know who was responsible.
 
Old 09-07-2021, 12:56 PM   #5
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However, since none of this is actually money, and since the object-of-interest is apparently not the legal copyright, in the eyes of the law this is 100% fantasy.

"An amazing car chase" happened in the ether, but there are no tire-tracks in the dust. "So, make of it what you will."

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