Non-fungible token artworks: More crypto than art?

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Non-Fungible Tokens (NTFs) artworks attract relevant trading volume in the secondary market. Their prices, primarily denominated in Ethereum cryptocurrency, recently experienced a substantial increase. In this paper, we first investigate whether the market for crypto art is informationally efficient and, secondly, if crypto art can be considered as an alternative to real-world art rather than a haven for crypto-money speculative traders. We find evidence of market inefficiency with long-lasting autoregressive patterns in price discovery. As for the nature of crypto art as an asset class, our findings support the idea that crypto art is unrelated to real-world art. Crypto art prices are mostly determined by gains in the cryptocurrency of denomination, whereas real-world art is mostly unrelated to the financial markets. We conclude that crypto art is far from being another medium to express artistic content and is currently just a storing unit for crypto-money, in absence of relevant alternatives.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)103473-103483
Numero di pagine11
RivistaFinance Research Letters
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2022


  • Non fungible token, Art, Market efficiency, crypto, ethereum


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