NFT artist ‘Botto robot’ fetched over $1m in just one month

By Raffaele Redi

Once a week, Botto put one art fragment up for auction on SuperRare platform

Scene Precede NFT                                 
Scene Precede is one of the most interesting art NFTs done by Botto - Photo: SuperRare
                                

In the first month of work, a new artist fetched over $1m by selling just six NFTs, while receiving the attention of major NFT collectors like the American rapper Snoop Dogg. The surprise? The artist of the moment is not a human, but rather, a robot.

Botto, created by German artist Mario Klingmann aka Quasimondo, is a generative artist governed by the community, creating 350 art pieces a week and presenting them to the community, as the Botto DAO describes the robot.

Once a week, Botto put one art fragment up for auction on the platform SuperRare, with all auction proceeds returned to the community.

Botto’s latest work, Cross Adieu, sold on SuperRare for ETH18.8 (only $82.000), but nothing compared to the $430,000 offered by American rapper Snoop Dog, known as Cozomo De’Medici in the NFT environment, for one of its first pieces, Scene Precede.

The Botto DAO

Botto debuted on SuperRare, minting its first piece on 22 October. As the community explains, Botto’s art pieces are considered a series, whereby individual art pieces are denoted as ‘fragments.’

“The community votes on these art fragments. Votes represent individual preferences on what a participant considers to be aesthetically pleasing art.”

“Collectively, votes are used as feedback for Botto’s generative algorithm – dictating what direction Botto should take its next series of art pieces. Over time, Botto shall create art guided and governed by the community.”

While the auction takes place, the DAO explains, Botto produces a new series comprised of art fragments, so that the cycle can continue. Currently, 52 art pieces are scheduled over 52 weeks.

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