Avant-Garde Painting to Be Sold With NFT-Backed Proof of Provenance

The sale of the Wladimir Baranoff-Rossine work will take place on the Mark Cuban-backed NFT marketplace Mintable.

Mar 17, 2021 at 10:25 a.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 12:27 p.m. UTC

A 20th-century avant-garde artwork is being auctioned later this month, with the buyer to receive a certificate of authenticity in the form of a non-fungible token (NFT).

According to a press release shared with CoinDesk on Wednesday, the auction is for a 1926 painting titled “Abstract Composition” by Ukraine-born Wladimir Baranoff-Rossine. The sale will take place on the Mark Cuban-backed NFT marketplace Mintable, which says it has been working closely with the artist’s family as part of a series of sales of his works.

The artwork, signed by the artist, will be sold in its original frame and with the NFT certificate that digitally verifies the artwork’s provenance and authenticity using blockchain technology.

Additional sales, which will be solely digital NFT representations of Baranoff-Rossine's works, will be conducted via three auctions and six limited edition sales beginning March 25.

Mintable CEO Zach Burks told CoinDesk via email the artist’s grandson had reached out to Mintable a few months ago seeking to use NFTs as a means to digitize the family legacy.

Baranoff-Rossiné was a Ukrainian, Russian and French painter, sculptor and inventor. He was part of the Cubo-Futurism movement before being sent to the the Auschwitz concentration camp by the Nazis because of his Jewish background. He died in 1944.

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