Let the NFT self-experiment begin!

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) aren’t new, in fact they’ve been around for years. However, it took the auction of an NFT linked to an image by Christie’s Auction House and the fall of the hammer at a spectacular USD 69 million to create worldwide attention and interest in NFTs.

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