NFTs are being auctioned off of previously unseen photographs of late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell.
The images are courtesy of Cryptograph, a company that uses Ethereum and bills itself as a philanthropic marketplace for crypto collectibles. The photographs are among the last of Cornell taken during his lifetime.
The photographs, titled “The Last Session,” were taken in 2017—the year Cornell died—by photographer Randall Slavin.
Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are a type of cryptocurrency that can be purchased and sold as proof of ownership for files on the internet (in this case, the tokens are attached to the photos themselves).
Slavin approached Cryptograph co-founder Tommy Alastra about a potential auction.
“I know the family and Randall,” he explained. “They saw what I was doing and the NFT space that I’ve been in for a few years. I believe that this is the best way to honor that legacy and showcase it—and they all agreed that it was in good taste.”
Vicky Cornell, Cornell’s widow, told Rolling Stone, “I’m so grateful that Chris’s last photo shoot was captured by not only an amazing photographer but a true friend.”
Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are a type of cryptocurrency that can be bought and sold as proof of ownership for internet files (in this case, the tokens are attached to the photos themselves).
Slavin approached Cryptograph co-founder Tommy Alastra about a possible auction.
“There is a new model that I believe blockchain technology enables, and it isn’t about constantly asking for a handout,” he explained. “I believe we can significantly alter the way corporations view this sustainable, perpetual model, which I believe many are beginning to adopt.”