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Christies Art & Luxury Auction Firm Plans to Support Web3 Startups, NFTs

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A famous art auctioning firm, Christie’s, has initiated an investment fund to support growing Web3 firms. Today, the organization revealed that the inauguration of this initiative would support the free flow of trading arts. 

The web3 startup initiative manifested as one of the services of the firm’s offshoot, Christie’s Ventures, an inhouse investment organization. The new subsidiary will financially assist emerging organizations that offer initiatives to trade artworks easily.  

The funds will only assist art-oriented Web 3.0 platforms. Part of the criteria for picking the beneficiaries include the kind of art and luxury finance features they offer. Subsequently, the firm disclosed that the first beneficiary is LayerZero Labs. The firm, as indicated, provides solutions for decentralized applications (dApps) to aid a swift exchange of assets. Most significantly, these solutions offer varieties of trade between different chains. 

Additionally, this development underlines the luxury artwork powerhouse’s commitment to blockchain-oriented initiatives. Overtly, the firm has organized numerous auctions for prominent NFTs collections. One of them is the online auction of $69 million for a piece of NFT designed by Mike Winkelmann, popularly known as Beeple. Among its numerous participation in the blockchain space is the partnership with the leading NFTs marketplace, OpenSea.

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The Global Head of Christie’s Venture, Devang Thakkar, aired his opinion about the initiative. According to Thakkar, the venture will concentrate on startups that enhance users’ experience and development trials. Including firms that provide solutions to market challenges. In addition, Thakkar divulged that the opportunity would not be limited to the industry alone; other sectors would also benefit. 

According to an analysis by Binance, 2022 has been a massive year for Web 3.0 companies. The industry, alongside Metaverse, has acquired a robust capital inflow. Blockchain companies realized about $14.8 billion in investment in Q1 of 2022, making half of the overall investment in crypto this year. 

As a renowned art and luxury auctioning firm, Christie’s has existed since 1766. The firm is famous for its transparent online auctions and provides international services to its customers. Christie’s services include art appraisal, financing, global real estate, and education.

The firm has outlets across 46 countries in Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, and the Asia Pacific. Christie’s owns flagship international sales centers in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris, and Geneva. Currently, it’s the only global auction house with a permit to hold sales in Shanghai.

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