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The ever-mysterious Grimes makes millions in minutes from digital art pieces

Self-proclaimed "Crypto Queen" Grimes made nearly $6 million to kick off her Sunday by selling her newest artwork, a series of crypto-art pieces titled "WarNymph."


The pieces, which feature cherub warriors protecting post-apocalyptic planets, went on sale Sunday at 1 p.m for 48 hours.

In 20 minutes, Grimes, musician, artist and girlfriend of Elon Musk, reached $5.8 million in sales from the auction. By noon Monday, all pieces were sold out except for one, "Death of the Old," which is currently bidding for $250,000. Some works, including "The Newborn 2," are being resold for as much as $2.5 million.

According to her artwork's page, WarNymph "explores the fluidity of identity in the virtual age: the ability to create, augment, and splinter ourselves into unlimited avatars, create boundless worlds, and build rich, complex lore."

Each artwork features winged babies in various forms: protecting Mars, sitting atop thrones and wielding weapons including bows and arrows or blood-red spears.


All of the works are examples of a new cryptocurrency called non-fungible tokens, or NFTs. NFTs have surged in popularity in recent weeks as other cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin continue to take off. Unlike Bitcoin, however, NFTs cannot be traded for one another or broken down into smaller values. Instead, they serve as a form of collectibles that stand on their own as individualized collector's items.

Brands such as Nike and Louis Vuitton have already begun creating virtual assets for their consumers, while celebrities including Lindsay Lohan have sold NFTs for thousands of dollars. The NBA, which made the platform NBA Top Shot, has already sold $270 million worth of NFTs in the form of unique NBA video highlights.

NFTs have to be bought using other cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum's Ether or World Asset eXchange. The currency is predicted to continue to skyrocket in value as creators make products for virtual reality technologies.

According to Grimes, there's more where this came from. WarNymph is part of a bigger whole—an entire virtual universe Grimes has titled Oth3rkin that the singer will continue to work on with her brother, Mac Boucher.

Some proceeds from the project are going toward reducing carbon emissions via nonprofit organization Carbon 180. Billionaire Texan transfer Musk, is passionate about the subject as well.

The artworks were sold using NFT trading site Nifty Gateway.

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A big announcement from Austonia

Howdy, and happy holidays.

I have some big news for you.

Austonia is now part of 6AM City, a fast-growing network of hyper-local newsletters across the country.

I’m proud to be telling you this, because 6AM City’s mission is very much like Austonia’s — a daily morning update on events, things-to-do and news, with an underlying mission of community building in the cities they serve.

If you’re not already subscribed, 6AM City’s Austin newsletter is called ATXtoday. One of its city editors is Laura Figi, who you’ll remember for her previous great work on Austonia’s newsletter.

I’ve been reading ATXtoday every day since it launched last year.

Starting this week, you’ll receive ATXtoday every morning and I’m confident it will become part of your daily wake up routine. Be sure to add hello@theatxtoday.com to your contact list (how to do that here).

Meantime let me thank you for your readership and support of Austonia, and convey my wishes for a great holiday season for you and those close to you.


Thank you,

Mark Dewey

Austonia CEO

Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.