Associated Press historic flashes to be dropped as NFTs

By Raffaele Redi

The collectables feature images reproducing AP’s coverage over the past 100 years

The Associated Press collection                                 
The Associated Press collection to debut in October – Photo: AP & Metalist Lab

Associated Press (AP) and the Australian NFT publisher Metalist Lab announced that they will be releasing AP’s latest non-fungible token (NFT) collectables on 19 October on the Binance NFT marketplace.

The collectables, Metalist Lab explained, feature high-resolution images reproducing AP’s coverage over the past 100 years of the most memorable moments in recent world history.

“The drop offers collectors historic and unique moments captured by AP, including rarely seen ‘AP Flash’ news alerts sent to newsrooms around the world,” tweeted out the US press agency.

The News Wire Flashes and images

The collection will also include digitised copies of the most important ‘News Wire Flashes’, such as flashes on the moon landing or the end of WWII in Europe, as AP was the first news agency in the world to report the end of that conflict.

Additionally there are some of the news agency’s most beautiful images, such as the super blue blood moon photographed by AP in 2018, an event that’s only occurred once in 152 years.

“The Associated Press believes that facts belong onchain and distribution of this historic news reporting to the blockchain is nothing short of vital for the preservation of world history,” stated the AP.

The experience of Time Magazine NFTs

Time Magazine recently launched its NFTs on the metaverse. The ‘TIMEPieces’ collection, composed of more than 4,500 original NFTs from over 40 artists around the world.

In the last seven days, on the secondary market, one of the Time Magazine NFTs – The Future of Business – by the artist Mike Winkelmann, known as Beeple, sold for $2.5m or ETH715.5 on the platform SupeRare.

The artwork was part of the magazine’s May 2021, and issue depicts the acceleration of the digitisation of the world by creating an image that focused on Beeple’s artistic process. The cover image shows Beeple as an actual computer interface mid-design, complete with a wireframe render of a figure interacting on the left and a more complete version on right.

Metalist Lab did not immediately respond to a request for comments

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