Historic 250-year-old Bohemian melody to be auctioned as an NFT

By Raffaele Redi

The historical piece will be featured in the NFT series auctioned by the Lobkowicz Collections

Lobkowicz Palace and backyard with beautiful gardening, Prague Castle, Czechoslovakia                                 
The Lobkowicz Palace, ‘Non-fungible Castle’, Prague – Photo: Shutterstock
                                

An unearthed painting with a hidden story and a musical piece unheard for 250 years from the House of Lobkowicz collection is going to be sold as a non-fungible-token (NFT) at the ‘Non-fungible Castle’ in Prague, Czechoslovakia. 

The historical piece will be one of the NFT series to be auctioned by the organisation managing the Lobkowicz Collections. The collection represents the Czech Republic’s oldest and finest privately owned collection, with some items dating back over 2,000 years.

“We are creating a set of digital works derived from the historic pieces in our collections. These will tell the stories beneath the physical artworks in a uniquely digital way,” tweeted William Lobkowicz, a young nobleman from the House of Lobkowicz of American birth but with Bohemian roots. 

The House of Lobkowicz will host a forum in Prague on 16 October featuring Gala-Salvador Dalì Foundation director Juan Manuel Sevillano Campalans, crypto journalist Laura Shin, digital artists, and other NFT builders and thought leaders, followed by a gala dinner. Tickets for the forum are available on the event website.  

The forum follows an NFT exhibition, to be held at the “Lobkowicz Palace, Prague Castle, Czechnia and virtually in Metaverse”, which will be physically on display in the 16th century Palace’s stunning Imperial Hall. 

The NFT exhibition will be publicly accessible to Prague Castle’s 30,000 weekly visitors, with free admission from 11–15 October.

Bridging the art world and the metaverse

The historic exhibition will showcase NFTs from influential artists and collectors, including Edward Snowden’s Stay Freefrom PleasrDAO’s collection, and Mitchell F Chan’s IKB, alongside NFTs derived from the Lobkowicz Collections.

The exhibition, offering digital experiences of physical artwork, is aimed also to raise funds for specific restoration projects and support contemporary artists. The pieces will be on display in both the metaverse and in the Palace’s Imperial Hall.

“We believe NFTs have the potential to promote a more inclusive and transparent art market, and would like to create a conversation between the traditional art world and the NFT space to help evaluate this thesis,” tweeted Lobkowicz.

About the House of Lobkowicz

The House of Lobkowicz is a cultural organisation that manages the Lobkowicz Collections, one of Europe’s oldest and finest private collections.

Highlights of the collection are paintings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Canaletto, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Peter Paul Rubens, Paolo Veronese and Diego Velázquez, as well as hand-annotated manuscripts by Mozart, Haydn, Handel (including his hand-written re-orchestration of The Messiah) and Beethoven. The collection also contains a substantial array of decorative and religious arts, and military and hunting equipment. 

The Collections were amassed over 600 years by the Lobkowicz family, one of the oldes and most prominent of the Czech noble families in Central Europe, with origins in the 14th century.

The Collections were confiscated under the Nazi and Communist regimes of the 20th century, forcing the family to flee as refugees. In the early 1990s, the family returned and began the restitution process. They have spent the last 30 years reassembling and restoring the Collections with the mission to preserve, study and share them with the world.

“In an increasingly digital age, the House of Lobkowicz believes that NFTs have the potential to broaden accessibility to cultural heritage,” said the organisers.

“Non-Fungible Castle aims to provide a space for open and creative exchange to discover how NFTs and the cultural sector can enhance, engage, and challenge one another. It is the first event of its kind to be hosted by a traditional cultural institution.”

 

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