Vitalik Buterin portrait from 2014 auctioned as NFT
An image of the Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin taken back in 2014 is being auctioned off as a nonfungible token (NFT). The portrait was taken by Canadian photographer Andrew Miller and was taken before the popular developer became famous for the blockchain network.
The NFT sale also celebrates the 10th year since Ethereum was created by sharing a portrait of the Ethereum founder that has not been sold before.
Encadrium studio here in #Montreal is hosting my resplendent print of @VitalikButerin while my reserve 333 ETH auction is underway at https://t.co/AcnXi0XTY9
Ongoing until end of July. #nft #ethereum #art #history #portrait pic.twitter.com/6EEh86Lr15
— Andrew Miller (@awesomephoto2) July 6, 2023
Within the image, Buterin is notably wearing formal wear — a look that the Ethereum founder does not wear regularly. The NFT listing shared the story behind the portrait and how it came to be.
According to the listing, Miller met Buterin in Toronto before he became famous because of Ethereum. Because the photographer believed in the young founder’s vision, he wanted to do something to contribute to giving the young inventor “a stronger public image and marketability.”
However, during the photo shoot for the portrait, Buterin came with his usual get up which the listing described as “distressed casual clothing,” noting that the Ethereum founder had “no instinct for any formal photos.” Because Miller was unsatisfied with the look, he took off his own striped shirt for Buterin to wear.
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