Sotheby’s McDull sale to feature a Little Prince-style NFT

By Raffaele Redi

The series ‘McDull here he comes’ features 47 artworks and includes an NFT

McDull’s 'Prince de la Bun and his Rose' NFT                                 
Created in the late 1980s, McMug and McDull became iconic characters in Hong Kong – Photo: Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s Honk Kong branch has announced the online auction of ‘McDull here he comes’, featuring 47 artworks in various media. The pieces range from original drawings and reinterpretations of classic stories to animated NFT artwork.

The series features a McDull NFT, entitiled ‘Prince de la Bun and his Rose’, recalling the story of the Little Prince novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

Although the value of the piece is unknown, the successful bidder will receive, alongside the smart contract attached to the NFT, a small looking glass portrait in which to display the digital artwork.

The McMug and McDull story

As Sotheby’s tells it: “Created in the late 1980s, McMug and McDull brought joy and inspiration to many generations in Hong Kong. Appearing in comic strips and animations, the ingenuous piglet duo charmed us with their optimistic approaches to life, all of which have become beloved all-time classics.

“The iconic cartoon series created a unique yet heartening legacy with their undertone of innocent playfulness, a touch of the ordinary, yet with a certain poetic essence.”

Sotheby’s Hong Kong Fine Chinese Paintings specialist Annie Wong said: “We are excited to work with Mr Brian Tse and Ms Alice Mak to bring this auction to life, celebrating the new year with the gleeful spirit of McMug and McDull.”

The auction preview will take place at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery from 14 to 23 January 2022, with online bidding opening on 14 January.

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