'The Currency' is Damien Hirst and HENI's first foray into the relatively new world of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs). The experiment consisted of 10,000 unique original works on paper (created back in 2016) tied to corresponding NFTs. All 10,000 identically-sized unique artworks feature Hirst's signature multicoloured dots and each artwork is also uniquely named through machine-learning, based on a database of some of Hirst’s favourite song lyrics.
The machine learning algorithm also analysed each work and all of their different identifying features, ranking them out of 10,000. From the amount of drips and splashes to the texture of the paint, each artwork has a unique combination of ranked features.
After successfully purchasing 'The Currency', buyers have one year (until July 27, 2022) to decide whether they want to keep the NFT or exchange it for the physical equivalent. Depending on their decision, only one medium will survive.
This NFT has been traded for the physical artwork and it is individually numbered, signed, and stamped by the artist with a microdot and a hologram featuring a portrait of Hirst.
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Year first published: 2016
Technique: One shot enamel paint on handmade paper
Classification: From the edition of 10,000 unique works
Dimensions: 20cm (h) x 30cm (w)
Markings: Numbered, titled, stamped with the Hirst logo and signed by the artist on the back
Condition: Mint, as issued
Provenance: Comes in original HENI box with original proof of purchase
Framing: Sold unframed