Previously unseen photos of the late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell are being auctioned off as NFT.
The photos, which are being offered by a company called Cryptograph, which uses Ether and claims to be a charity-oriented marketplace for cryptocurrency collectibles, are among the last photos taken of Chris Cornell during his lifetime.
The photos, collectively known as “The Last Session,” were taken by photographer Randall Slavin in 2017 (the year Chris Cornell died).
NFTs are non-forgeable tokens: a cryptocurrency that can be bought and sold as proof of ownership of a document on the internet (in this case, the token is attached to the photo itself).
Cryptograph co-founder Tommy Alastra told us that it was Slavin who approached him about the potential auction.
“I’m friends with his family and Randall,” he said.” They’ve seen what I’m doing and this NFT space that I’m in now for a couple of years. I think it’s the right way to immortalize and showcase this legacy – they all think it’s classy.”
Rolling Stone got the following statement from Chris Cornell’s widow Vicki: “I am so grateful that Cornell’s last photo shoot was taken not only by an amazing photographer, but by a true friend.
A portion of the proceeds from the auction will go to Phoenix House, a nonprofit that provides drug rehabilitation programs.Alastra said the smart contract behind Cryptograph’s NFTs is written in such a way that the money is channeled to the charity in perpetuity: if the Chris Cornell NFTs are resold on the secondary market, some of the money will be kicked back to Phoenix House.
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“There’s a new model that I believe blockchain technology can enable, and it’s not constantly asking for handouts,” he explained.” I think we can really change the way businesses think about this sustainable, permanent model that I think a lot of people are starting to adopt.”
The auction begins on at Cryptograph’s website.