The secret behind CloneX is Takashi Murakami and the RTFKT team, and that’s the short answer. The NFT collection is the result of a once-secret collaboration between a legendary Japanese artist and a virtual sneaker specialist. Steven Vasilev, Chris Le and Benoit Pagotto founded RTFKT in 2020 under the name “Artifact”. The CloneX public sale will take place in the last days of November 2021. These people work fast.
The goal of the Ethereum-based CloneX collection is very simple, which is to act as an avatar in a virtual world. These NFTs are more than just profile pictures. With an upcoming clone library, CloneX holders will have access to 3D files of avatars. The idea is that these numbers will work in any metaverse. In addition, RTFKT has also expressed its own metaverse ambitions.
Anyway, Benoit Pagotto, co-founder of RTFKT Studios tell forbes:
“We envision a new relationship between owners and 3D creators who will create custom content for avatars, replicating what we see in Fortnite 3D models ripped off by blender creators, for Twitch streamers and YouTube hosts create content. It’s a whole ecosystem that’s being built live, and avatars are just the tip of the iceberg.”
Great, but for now let’s focus on avatars.
About CloneX and Takashi Murakami
this The official website of the project Describe them as: “CloneX is our most ambitious project to date, the beginning of an entire ecosystem in our community, a quality-focused high-end incarnation, ready for the Metaverse.” Designed by Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami All features of CloneX, from eyes and mouth to clothing and helmet. Takashi Murakami lives between pop art and high art. He has worked with brands such as Pharrell and Kanye West, as well as Louis Vuitton and Vogue, as well as Supreme, Vans and Billionaire Boys Club.
There are 20K CloneX in total and they are divided into eight different DNA types:
- 50% are human.
- 30% are robots.
- 8.75% are angels.
- 8.75% are demons.
- 1.25% are reptiles.
- 0.6% are undead.
- 0.5% is Murakami.
- 0.15% are aliens.
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About the controversial first sale
The CloneX public sale was originally scheduled for November 29th. The demand was there, and they sold 13K of the 20K before RTFKT had to pull the plug for the day. Their website is under attack.according to to myself“As our website is still under attack and unavailable, we will be suspending minting until we fix and upgrade everything.”
The final 7K CloneX was cast on the 30th. Some thought something suspicious had happened. Currently, the rarity of each CloneX remains a mystery, so all NFTs theoretically have the same value. The public sale should be a Dutch auction starting at 3 ETH. In the second round, each 7K was sold at 2 ETH par.
Considering that at the time of writing Base price for CloneX It’s 12.9 ETH and participating in either of the two rounds can be very lucrative.
Strange facts about the CloneX series
- At first, the code name of the project was: Akira.
- All CloneX holders received a Space Pod as an airdrop.Check this twitter account For “Ongoing thread for all the items the CloneX community has made for RTFKT Space Pods & Loot Pods.”
- Secondary market royalties for this NFT collection are up to 5%.
- Holders own the IP of their avatar and can commercialize it for up to $1 million.
- 3D files for avatars will be available in the following formats: Unreal Engine, Daz3D, .blend, .obj, .fbx, .MA, and glb.
- RTFKT will host a “forging event” where CloneX holders can forge real-life physical items based on your NFTs.
- For virtual worlds, holders will be able to dress their avatars through the Clonex wearable. Both RTFKT and indie creators will be offering different outfits.
- Currently you can only buy avatars on the secondary market. They are available on OpenSea.
- In the real world, four platinum CloneX chains exist. They were created by the Crown Collection in association with Murakami and RTFKT.
That’s all you need to know about CloneX right now. However, there is more to know about RTFKT. Do your homework. And, while you’re at it, read the other guides for “Blue Chip NFT 101”: moon bird and proof collective In Ethereum, and Tenjin in Solana. More to come.
Featured Image: Murakami from the official site | Charts by TradingView