What Happened: Ant’s clarification came after 16,000 copies of NFTs representing two artworks were reportedly sold on its payment platform Alipay within hours on Wednesday.
According to the Reuters report, the Jack Ma-controlled fintech group’s response was possibly related to China’s intensified crackdown on crypto mining operations in recent days.
Social media users in China had expressed concerns whether NFTs are linked to cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin BTC/USD, which have the same underlying technology.
Why It Matters: NFTs, blockchain-based tokenization of collectible items or art pieces, allow users to own digital assets like retail estate, art, digital sneakers, and video moments. It is a digital asset that is unique and indivisible.
Some NFT artworks that have recorded sky-high valuations recently include Beeple’s ‘The First 5000 Days’ NFT based digital artwork, which was sold for $69 million in an auction in March.
Doge, the classic meme behind the meme cryptocurrency Dogecoin DOGE/USD, was recently sold for about $4 million in an auction, making it the most expensive meme to be sold as NFT so far.
Price Action: Alibaba shares closed almost 1.7% higher in Wednesday’s regular trading session at $214.86 and further rose almost 0.3% in the after-hours session to $215.40.
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