It has been reported that the shares representing ownership over $3.68 million Picasso painting, “Fillette au béret,” will be tokenized and issued through blockchain technology, allowing a wide variety of investors to gain exposure to the artwork.
However, the NFTs can be exclusively purchased by sophisticated and institutional investors through Sygnum Bank, with secondary trade set to take place on SygnEx, the bank’s digital asset trading platform. Trades will be settled in Swiss Francs (CHF) using Sygnum’s native CHF stablecoin, DCHF. Fractionalized ownership over the painting will be recognized by Swiss law.
The report said that the 1964 painting depicts a beret-capped child in brightly coloured clothes, and was last sold for $2.48 million in 2016. The physical painting will not be sold, with the artwork slated to remain at a high-security facility when it is not being loaned to museums for exhibition.
Javier Lumbreras, the co-owner of Artemundi, said that the revolutionary utility offered by fractionalized ownership through NFTs.
"Artistic, cultural objects of universal appeal, once reserved for an elite group of collectors or the museums, can now be safely and directly owned without the burden of high entry barriers. The art market is absurdly opaque and inefficient, but these traits will soon be relics of a bygone age."
As reported, Sygnum is not the first company looking to tokenize the work of Picasso. In June, Sotheby’s auction house announced it had teamed up with Mira Imaging with plans to auction Picasso’s work “Le peintre et son modèle” alongside an Ethereum-based non-fungible token created by scanning “every micron” of the painting’s surface to create a “unique encrypted signature” representing the work.
Likewise, using a Looking Glass scanner, the NFT could be scanned to confirm the authenticity of the work. However, the NFT offering was scrapped by Sotheby's, with the painting selling for $3.12 million without a nonfungible counterpart. Last month also saw the launch of “The Burned Picasso” project from artist collective, Unique.One Community. After displaying a Picasso sketch at a gallery in Denver, an NFT representing the artwork was minted at the end of June, with the picture’s physical form getting incinerated.
Thus, the NFT auction will be LIVE for the next two weeks, with a starting price set at 0.25 ETH (around $500). The auction winner will also receive the framed burnt remnants of the original artwork.