Manchester City to release second NFT

The Premier League team released its first NFT in May

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Premier League champions Manchester City has announced it will be unveiling its second non-fungible token (NFT).

The football clubs second NFT will go live on 7 September at 20.00 BST on MakersPlace, a marketplace for digital art, this follows its first NFT in May.

This NFT release has been dubbed the ‘Creation' collection and produced by digital artist, Alan Bolton. The ‘Creation' collection consists of three pieces, ‘The Football Academy’, ‘The Football Laboratory’ and ‘To The Blue Moon’. The artwork combines into a triptych, which is a painting made up of three sections.

There will also be a limited-edition collectors’ draw which will feature a fourth artwork called ‘The Football Artists’. Each edition will have the signature of a different member of the Manchester City’s 2021/22 squad. The winners of the draw will receive one of the unique pieces.

“City continues to be the leader among sports teams in the space”

Alan Bolton, who has produced the 'Creation' collection, said: “I am very excited to be collaborating with Manchester City on their second NFT collection. City continues to be the leader among sports teams in the space, championing the creation of innovative digital art as well as the creators themselves. I believe the Creation collection seamlessly brings my style into a new category for me, with the resulting artworks being among some of my favourites I have created to date.”

Don Dransfield, chief strategy officer at Manchester City Football Group said: “We are incredibly pleased to be following up our first NFT drop with a new and exciting digital art collection. This further advance in NFTs and progression of our strategy within the sector demonstrates our ongoing commitment to sustainable innovation. The NFT world is moving incredibly quickly, and we are eager to continue to work and collaborate with talented creators to create original artwork for fans and collectors to own through blockchain technology.”

Manchester City’s first NFT

The club’s first NFT went live on 24 May. The NFT was named 1, to celebrate the team’s first place position in the Premier League in May 2021. The NFTs were designed by Jon Noorlander, a multidisciplinary artist.   

The piece was called ‘Champions Celebrate’ and consisted of the hero piece of the collection which was a unique edition signed by the players, ‘The Champions Mosaic’ and ‘The Champions Medal’.

Part of the profits of the first NFT went to the City in the Community charity, specifically to the Manchester Cityzens Giving for Recovery project. This project uses football to support the mental health of young people in Manchester during the COVID pandemic.

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