World's First Ballet NFTs Starring Natalia Osipova Dance to Success at Bonhams Encore Sale

London – The world's first non-fungible tokens (NFTs) for ballet, Natalia Osipova: Triptych, sold for a combined total of £59,424 at Bonhams online sale Encore! Modern Art on Stage, which ended on Friday 10 December on bonhams.com. World-famous ballerina Natalia Osipova, the principal dancer at The Royal Ballet in London, performed three pieces for the three individual NFTs, two from the classic ballet Giselle and one from the contemporary duet Left behind, in which she danced alongside her partner, Jason Kittelberger.

Natalia Osipova: Triptych comprised three NFT works:

Giselle, The entrance of Act II – Video from November 2021 exclusive for NFT. Sold for £10,837.
Giselle, Solo of Act II – Video from November 2021 exclusive for NFT. Sold for £10,837.
Left behind – Video of live show in Mexico 2019; choreographed by Jason Kittelberger. Sold for £37,750.

Nima Sagharchi, Bonhams Head of Digital Art, commented: "As it has done for traditional art, blockchain technology is set to propel the world of dance into a new age of digital performance and ownership. We are delighted to have been a part of this innovative NFT sale and to see these breath-taking pieces achieve such wonderful results."

Hannah Noel-Smith, Head of Sale, said: "It has been a real pleasure to work with the wonderful Natalia Osipova on this ground-breaking auction. Her captivating works showed the real essence of the Encore sale concept, capturing the intersection of performance and visual art, and preserving the magic of the stage long after the curtain falls."

Speaking prior to the sale, Natalia Osipova, commented: "I am thrilled to bring classical ballet and contemporary dance together in this NFT collection. These performances are extremely significant for me, and I am delighted that global audiences can appreciate them in a way that has never been possible before. NFTs are a ground-breaking way of connecting both established and young visual artists with their audiences, including tech-savvy art collectors. It is an honor to perform the world's first ballet NFTs, and I hope that this will pave the way for the next generation of dancers to connect with their supporters on this digital stage."

The NFT collection was sold as part of inter-disciplinary sale Encore! Modern Art on Stage, which showcased the intersections between art and theater, ballet, dance, music, and the circus. The sale was led by the Tête de clown by Bernard Buffet, which sold for £106,500.

Other highlights of the sale included:

Esquisse de musiciens by Raoul Dufy (1877-1953). Sold for £24,000.

Romeo et Juliette by Leonor Fini (1907-1996). Sold for £8,287.

Burlesque au Cirque, Février 1985, by Marc Chagall (1887-1985). Sold for £2,167.

10 December 2021


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