On Saturday (June 11), American comedian and actor Martin Lawrence announced that he had sold the first NFT from his Cardano-powered “Martin: The Reunion” NFT collection for 3,000 ADA tokens.
SOLD! #ADA #Cardano https://t.co/oqNPKwfIII pic.twitter.com/7DmnzDGXW4
As you may remember, on June 7, Lawrence announced — during a conversation on Twitter Spaces with Patrick Tobler, Founder and CEO of NFT-MAKER, and Charles Hoskinson, Co-Founder and CEO of IO Global (aka “IOG”, formerly known as “IOHK”), the company responsible for Cardano’s research and development — that he was going to release a Cardano-powered NFT collection consisting of 30 unique pieces.
Below are some highlights of what Lawrence and Hoskinson said during this chat.
When and How Lawrence Got Into Crypto
A couple of years ago… my team brought NFTs to my attention.
Lawrence’s First Impressions of Cryptocurrencies and NFTs
I want to learn more about them… That’s why I’m excited to partner with your company.
What Hoskinson Thinks About How NFTs Have Evolved on Cardano
I didn’t expect Cardano to be a major player in the NFT space, at least initially. It kind of caught us all by surprise. We worked really hard at trying to create great asset standards… We didn’t expect to to have NFTs be quite large, but then it was completely community led. So, all these projects materialised out of nowhere, and about 40% of the 1000+ projects on Cardano are NFT-related, and there’s over five million assets that have been issued on Cardano, and the transaction volume is remarkable…
There’s about $270 million worth of sales that are occurring on a monthly basis when you look at this in the last three months average. So, it’s an unexpected surprise, but in hindsight it makes perfect sense. When you look at the native asset standard, when you look at the eUTXO model in particular, it makes it really easy to do an airdrop, it makes it really easy and low cost to issue things and manage these things that that are coming through. So, in hindsight, it does kind of make sense.
Why Lawrence Finds NFTs Interesting
Well, I think it’s interesting that people can have some in the metaverse that’s just for them.
What Lawrence Will Be Unveiling Soon for His Fans and the Cardano Community
We’re creating 30 unique exclusive, one-of-one NFTs, and we also have a special announcement coming soon.
🚀 Only 1 hour until @realmartymar is live on Twitter Spaces with @IOHK_Charles & @Padierfind!

🔔 Set your reminder:https://t.co/9HnhLRDJ5C

Whatcha gonna do?#Cardano pic.twitter.com/RrptB1yQ29
Then, on June 10, Lawrence announced that his “Martin: The Reunion” NFT collection had gone on sale on his website www.martincnft.com and that holders of any of these 30 NFTs would be invited to attend on June 15 the Hollywood premiere of “Martin: The Reunion”, which is set to air on Black Entertainment Television (BET) on January 16.
It’s here! My partnership with @Cardano and @nftmakerio for the release of my Martin NFT’s! All 30 NFT holders will get invited to hang with ya boy at the exclusive Martin: The Reunion premiere here in Los Angeles, CA! Get yours by visiting https://t.co/pzFOQ32LW3 #nft pic.twitter.com/Pq6T3hKdev
Here are three of the pieces from the “Martin: The Reunion” NFT collection:
These 30 NFTs “have been designed by accomplished artists known from Disney to Warner Brothers and to acclaimed artists from the NFT space.”
Lawrence’s website explains that the exact time and location the premiere party in LA, where holders of the NFTs will be able to hang out with him, “will be revealed to the buyers via an Air Drop message to their wallet on Tuesday 14th.”
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