Mike Winkelmann, better known as Beeple, is a South Carolina graphic designer and motion artist who has famously been creating a picture every single day for the last 13 years - not missing a single day for 5,000 straight days. These works, better known as Everydays, have formed one of the most celebrated bodies of work in the history of digital art. Learn More
Through a historic collaboration between Beeple, renowned auction house Christie's and MakersPlace, we are honored to present the first ever purely digital artwork to be auctioned by a major auction house: Everydays — The First 5000 Days.
The First 5000 Days comprises every single individual image from Beeple's first 5,000 Everydays compiled into a single composition. This work presents an extensive glimpse into Beeple's artistic journey from his early days of anonymity to the digital art phenom he is today, while creating a poignant timeline charting the progression of United States history in real time. Learn More
South Carolina graphic designer and motion artist Mike Winkelmann, better known as Beeple, has been creating a new artwork and posting it online for the world to enjoy - not missing a single day for the past 5,000 straight days. By doing so, Beeple has taken us on an evolutionary journey, not only of his progression and development as an artist, but of our society as a whole.
Beeple's artwork is rich with not-so-subtle symbolism, making predictions of tomorrow, based on today's truths. He addresses a myriad of social contradictions and absurdities, exploring themes like society's concurrent obsession and fear of technology, desire and resentment towards wealth, and of course the political turbulence of the recent years through a grotesque, hypnotizing, digital style.
Beeple is currently the highest grossing blockchain-based digital artist. In December 2020, Beeple made digital art history raising over $3.5M in a single online exhibition featuring his iconic Everydays which included the sale of a single edition work for $777,777.77.
Christie's is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's has conducted the greatest and most celebrated auctions through the centuries providing a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie's offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million.
Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting Private Sales for clients and online sales are offered year-round across all categories. Christie’s global presence is spread across a network of international salerooms and 61 representatives and offices. Christies.com provides detailed articles and videos on the objects offered for sale alongside the latest advances in digital viewing tools to make Christie's accessible to all.
MakersPlace is the premier marketplace for rare digital art. Launched in early 2018 by Yash Nelapati, Ryoma Ito, and Dannie Chu, MakersPlace is considered one of the rare digital art movement's earliest enablers, paving the way for the immense growth we are seeing within the space. Our mission is simple: enable a vibrant future for digital creativity, by empowering the creators of the world by propelling the rare digital art movement.
Over the past two years, MakersPlace has acted as a bridge between the fine arts and rare digital arts worlds, ushering in and introducing a number of iconic artists to this blossoming movement, such as Shu Lea Cheang, Anna Zhilyaeva, Terry Flaxton, Brendan Dawes, José Delbo and more. Now, MakersPlace has introduced famed digital artist Beeple, and the world of rare digital art, to Christie's through a momentous collaboration.
MakersPlace's exciting collaboration with Christie's, further encapsulates our mission of empowering digital artists and pushing fine art into the future. Christie's leap into the world of rare digital art has strengthened the bridge between the traditional and futurized worlds of art, introducing a new audience of enthusiasts into the unimaginable possibilities of this new market, and vice versa. Together, with MakersPlace's cutting edge technology and exquisite community of artists, and Christie's unwavering reputation as one of the world's most pristine and respected fine art auction houses, the two art powerhouses are ready to usher the world into the next phase of fine art.