The Greats NFT From Wolfgang Beltracchi

The Greats NFT release is now underway and this is a follow up to the short article we published a few days ago on our NFT page. In partnership with Hashmasks, Beltracchi’s set of 4,608 pieces of art as NFTs is a rare opportunity to obtain digital artwork from one of the best forgers of the 21st Century.

It’s going to be interesting to see how the art world reacts to Beltracchi’s NFT as he’s banned from exhibiting his artwork in most of the top galleries around the world. After decades of selling his forgeries to galleries he was eventually convicted and imprisoned in 2011. Will the art world now accept he’s a very accomplished artist in his own right and exhibit the NFTs in their galleries or purchase them for their clients?

The Greats NFT
Will The Louvre ever exhibit The Greats NFT?

Traditionally museums of fine art and galleries relied on customers physically visiting them to see the art works but in recent years, following the Covid pandemic, more and more have online galleries. This makes art work available to the masses and many would argue that The Greats NFT by Beltracchi should be included. Only time will tell if the art world will accept their own shortcomings regarding provenance of Beltracchi’s former works.

Although there are fake NFTs available in the market it’s a simple procedure to check their authenticity (provenance) based on the Smart Contracts and cryptographic hashes that generated them. Would the master forger himself be offended if galleries had exhibitions containing hundreds of copies of his NFTs rather than the originals? As the sale progresses we will monitor media coverage to see if museums, galleries or known art collectors acknowledge they have obtained one of The Greats. Personally we feel it would be misguided for the art world to miss out on this rare opportunity and we want to see fine art NFTs made available to all, either through ownership or online galleries.


This week the big news for NFT releases was the MekaVerse collection. Buy in price was 0.2 ETH for those that were lucky enough to win the lottery and right now the floor on OpenSea is up to 7.1 ETH.

Although the NFTs are currently listed on OpenSea the MekaVerse team have Tweeted in the last few hours to announce “Rescheduled Reveal date : October 12th at 7PM CET

MekaVerse tweet

Some people have questioned the need for a big “reveal” on OpenSea as it’s a very well established marketplace and more than capable of handling the expected traffic. The MekaVerse servers no doubt experienced a heavy load during the 0.2 ETH lottery and minting to the blockchain. Even though demand is expected to be high from the many thousands of people that missed out we don’t envisage any issues if you want to pick up a Meka before the marketing push ramps up another gear.

As with almost all NFT releases at the moment there are many people missing out on the initial minting and some will have to keep scouring the internet in search of another project, or revert to the secondary market. It’s always going to be difficult to know when a project scales back on their marketing during the initial launch phase for NFTs. They need to create a buzz to ensure the launch is a success but when more than 90% of the whitelist miss out it’s going to leave most of the community feeling very disappointed.

Secondary marketplaces do provide residual income to artists for their NFTs, with OpenSea offering up to 10% for each resale and some sites more, but perhaps the artists should consider a second marketing phase after the initial launch. In follow up articles we will cover whitelisting and coping with bots looking to game the system for the initial NFT launch.

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