Although the world of non-fungible tokens (NFT) assets continues to swell, notorious artist and art forger Wolfgang Beltrachi has joined the NFT industry by collecting an NFT called “The Greats”. Beltrachi is well known for admitting that he forged hundreds of paintings and sold works of art in the name of famous artists such as Heinrich Campendank, Fernand Lager and Max Ernst.
Wolfgang Beltrachi has launched the ‘The Greats’ collection
A notorious artist who has been caught selling counterfeit art from some of the world’s favorite artists, Wolfgang Beltracki, has jumped on the bandwagon to collect non-fungible tokens (NFT). German artist Forger and his wife have admitted that works of art from 14 different pieces have sold for about 45 45 million. However, Beltrachi claims to have recreated the works of “about 50 artists” and added that his profits exceeded 100 million. Following a trial in Germany in 2011, Beltracchi was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison for his crimes. The fraudster and his wife were also forced to pay millions of rupees in compensation.
Now Beltrachi has dropped a new website called Greats Art, which has been described as “a digital journey through the history of the industry.” When Beltracky was caught, he forged the works of famous artists such as Max Ernst, Heinrich Campendonk, Fernand Lager and Kiss van Dongen.
His recent NFTs will be recreated and taken from Leonardo da Vinci’s so-called “Salvator Mundi” piece and more. “We present to you the first digital fine art collection by Wolfgang Beltrachi, one of the most influential art forgers of the 20th century,” notes the GreatArt web portal. Website adds:
The artist takes you on a journey into the history of art by recreating the so-called Salvator Mundi of Leonardo da Vinci, choosing the style of seven more masters including Picasso, Van Gogh, Da Vinci. ‘The Greats’ is divided into more than 30 separate series based on 7 different eras in the history of the industry. The collections consist of a total of 4,608 original digital artworks.
The most controversial artist and the most expensive work of art in the world
Beltrachi also appeared in a YouTube video that explains the “The Greats” NFT collection in more detail. The artist is one of the most controversial artists in the world and “Salvator Mundi” is the most expensive piece of art sold worldwide. In 2017, “Salvator Mundi” was sold to Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia for 50 5,050 million.
Forger’s website notes that “traditional aristocratic aristocracy wants to bury Beltracchi” and turns his artwork into a forgotten memory. Beltrachchi claims he has been banned from selling at famous auction houses, museums and art galleries since his arrest.
“It’s in the best interest of the industry organization to maintain stability, and continue to point out what the industry is and isn’t,” explains the GreatSart website. “That’s why we can use the Internet and the Etherium blockchain to give the world unrestricted access to one of the last living elderly people of our time.”
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