The Sandbox, a decentralized blockchain-based metaverse, has hosted the first-ever hybrid virtual and real-life wedding on its metaverse.
The bride and the groom, Singaporean couple Joanne Tham and Clarence Chan, CEO of music firm Bandwagon, married on Saturday in a "70s disco glam" themed event at a digital replica of Singapore's best-known Alkaff Mansion.
While the couple and some guests had been physically present at a real-world hotel venue, their digital avatars were also present inside The Sandbox metaverse. They could be viewed by guests who attended remotely. The event was presided over by The Sandbox co-founder and chief operations officer Sebastien Borget in the form of a digital avatar.
The couple left the Metaverse after their first simulated kiss as husband and wife to resume their celebrations offline.
The wedding was created in collaboration with 1-Group, Smobler Studios, and The Sandbox, with Web3 design firm Smobler Studios rebuilding The Alkaff Mansion and its unique architecture on the platform. The genuine mansion counterpart is managed by 1-Group.
Considering an auction
Hollywood actor Javier Bardem is planning to "donate" a close-up photo of his iris via NFT as part of a fundraising campaign to help people in developing countries regain their sight.
Bardem, a well-known Spanish actor and director is best known for his roles in Dune, James Bond Skyfall, and his award-winning achievement in No Country for Old Men.
The Ojos del Mundo (Eyes of the World Foundation) will auction the photo of his eye on September 29th, with a starting price of $9,027 (9,000 euros). The digital photograph will be delivered in the form of a nonfungible token, along with a printed photo signed and devoted by the actor.
Iris of the World, the Eyes of the World Foundation hope to raise enough money as part of their new fundraising campaign, Iris of the World, to expand "lines of action and/or promote future programs in the Saharawi camps, Mozambique, Bolivia, or Mali."
"I am delighted to collaborate with 'Irises del Mundo' by donating a photograph of my iris for auction and to contribute to the Foundation's partnership on avoidable blindness," said Bardem in a statement.
Javier Bardem is the first celebrity to "donate" his iris in support of the initiative, but the community has teased other auctions in the coming years without disclosing specific names.
The PGA TOUR, which organizes men's golf tournaments throughout the United States and North America, has collaborated with NFT marketplace Autograph to develop a golf-based NFT platform.
The agreement, which is set to go into effect in 2023, will allow golf fans to purchase digital content showcasing their favorite players and scenes from the archives as well as the current FedExCup Season.
Palm Beach and NFT
The Vinyl Fish Club has opened in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida (VFC). The restaurant is now using NFTs as membership tokens for diners to gain access to special events both on and off the premises and concierge service by utilizing blockchain technology.
Membership also grants access to an exceptional dining menu, whiskey tastings, and the VFC's private room for cocktails and tastings. The tokens have a floor price of one Ether (ETH) and a total supply of 50.
The restaurant is accessible to the general public, but the VFC says they will prioritize members for seating.
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