Blockchain-based decentralized metaverse The Sandbox held its first hybrid digital and real wedding in its metaverse.
Bride and groom, Singaporean couple Joan Tam and Clarence Chan, CEO of music company Bandwagon, celebrated their marriage on September 17 at a 70s disco-glam themed wedding held at a digital replica of Singapore’s iconic Alcuff Mansion.
❤️ A few hours ago @TheSandboxGame got married. Congratulations @clarcrypto! Special thanks to @borgetsebastien. Thematic video will be released today. @thecobbleland #wedding #metaverse pic.twitter.com/141o915Hew
— Smobler Studios (@smoblerstudios) September 17, 2022
While the couple were physically present in the real hotel along with some of the guests, their digital avatars were also present in The Sandbox metaverse and could be seen by guests joining remotely. The event was led by The Sandbox co-founder and COO Sebastian Borge in the form of a digital avatar.
After their first virtual kiss as husband and wife, the couple exited the Metaverse to continue offline celebrations.
The wedding was the result of a collaboration between 1-Group, Smobler Studios and The Sandbox, with design agency Web3 Smobler Studios recreating the Alcuff Mansion and its distinctive architecture in The Sandbox. 1-Group runs the real world equivalent of a mansion.
Looking at the NFT auction
Hollywood star Javier Bardem is set to ‘donate’ a close-up photo of his iris via NFT as part of a fundraising campaign aimed at restoring vision to people in developing countries.
Bardem, a renowned Spanish actor and director, is known for his roles spanning a 30-year career, including Dune, James Bond’s Skyfall and his award-winning performance in No Country for Old Men.
A photograph of his eye will be auctioned by Ojos del Mundo (Eyes of the World Foundation) on September 29 at a starting price of 9,000 euros. The digital photo will be presented as a non-fungible token (NFT) and will also be accompanied by a printed photo signed and dedicated by the actor himself.
Through the new Iris of the World fundraising campaign, Eyes of the World hopes to raise enough money to “expand activities and/or promote new projects in the Saharawi, Mozambique, Bolivia or Mali camps.”
“I am happy to partner with Irises del mundo by donating a photo of my iris to the auction and continue to help the Foundation fight preventable blindness,” Bardem said in a statement.
Javier Bardem is the first celebrity to support the initiative by “donating” his iris, but at some point in the future, the group teased other auctions without revealing specific names.
NFTs will become a “hole in one”
PGA TOUR, which hosts a series of men’s golf tournaments across the United States and North America, has partnered with NFT marketplace Autograph to create a golf-based NFT platform.
The deal, which will launch sometime in 2023, will allow golfers to purchase digital content featuring their favorite players and moments from the archives and the current FedExCup season.
[email protected]: “Expanding the world of golf with NFT will create a bond between us as players and fans.”
Tiger is on the board of advisors for @Autograph, a web3 brand co-founded by @TomBrady, who today announced a partnership with @PGATOUR. https://t.co/On52vM7CAx
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) September 19, 2022
PGA TOUR NFT collectors will also have the opportunity to access exclusive digital, in-person and local experiences.
PGA Tour General Counsel Len Brown said the latest partnership aims to engage fans and bring them closer to the game and their favorite players.
Autograph is an NFT marketplace co-founded by NFL quarterback Tom Brady that also features highly ranked professional tennis player Rafael Nadal’s NFT collections and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 collection.
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The PGA is joining other major sports leagues in making deals to enter the Web3 space.
The National Football League (NFL) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) have long-term agreements with blockchain creator Flow Dapper Labs, and Major League Baseball (MLB) also has an NFT partnership with Candy Digital.
Palm Beach has its own NFT restaurant
A new NFT Vinyl Fish Club (VFC) restaurant has opened in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida.
Using blockchain technology, the restaurant uses NFTs as membership tokens for patrons to gain access to special indoor and outdoor events, as well as concierge services.
Membership also gives you access to a special lunch menu, whiskey tastings, and a separate VFC room for after-hours cocktails and tastings.
Tokens are traded at a minimum price of one ETH, with a total of 50 available.
The restaurant is open to the public, but the VFC says it will prioritize members when it comes to seating arrangements.
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