Christie’s Art + Tech Summit: NFTs and Beyond

5 mins
13 July 2021, 16:24 GMT+0000
Updated by Shilpa Lama
13 July 2021, 16:24 GMT+0000

New York— Christie’s announces its fourth annual Art + Tech Summit: NFTs and Beyond will take place on July 15 with a hybrid in-person and virtual ticketed conference at Christie’s New York in Rockefeller Center.

The Art + Tech Summit continues Christie’s ongoing initiative to spark dialogue about the role and impact of emerging technologies in the art world.

This year, Christie’s will bring together innovators, artists, thought leaders, collectors and more, for a series of panel discussions around NFTs in the morning session, followed by afternoon conversations on the way technology is impacting the way we create, experience, buy and sell art.

The Summit is presented by Stella Artois, a brand that has forever been a patron of the arts as well as has been at the forefront of globally offering NFTs, perfecting the recipe for successfully entering the space. The Summit supporting sponsor is APENFT/Tron.

Bonnie Brennan, President of Christie’s, Americas remarks: “Christie’s Art + Tech Summit offers a forum to invite some of the brightest technology thought leaders to discuss their views on emerging trends and predictions facing the future of our business. We are honored to bring together leading experts, influencers, and creative minds, who are redefining the art world with respect to technology, and changing the way art is created, experienced, and circulated.”

The Summit will feature a stimulating mix of keynote lectures, debates and panel discussions, interspersed with short and powerful ideas-based talks. Our panelists will include noted artists, collectors, investors, and industry leaders from Galaxy Digital, Microsoft, TikTok, Superplastic, Anheuser Busch, Tezos, Lago Frame, Candy, The Fabricant, APENFT, and Portl, among many others. Further information, including the full speaker list and agenda together with details of ticket payment and venue location, will be available here.

The Summit’s keynote speaker Mike Novogratz, Founder and CEO of Galaxy Digital, said, “Art, culture, and crypto are converging in this new era of digital transformation and spurring fascinating novel technologies like NFTs. Crypto and blockchain have enabled consumption, culture, and community to become investable assets. I look forward to discussing how NFTs could impact the way art is created, experienced, and circulated.”

APENFT and Tron Founder Justin Sun said, “I am very happy to see that the connection between technology and art has never been stronger, and I believe that the future of the art market belongs to the NFT pioneer artists.”

Schedule | July 15 | Art + Tech Summit: NFTs and Beyond

Part One | NFT’s and the Art World

NFTs @ Christie’s: Finding Value in the Unknown
The New World: Creating, Collecting and Curating NFTs
Blockchain Trilemma
Brands and the Metaverse: A Strategic Approach to NFTs
Special Guest Presentation of CSR NFT Opportunity

Part Two | Art and Tech in a Post-Pandemic World

NFTs with Novo: A Fireside Chat with CEO of Galaxy Digital and Crypto-Evangelist, Mike Novogratz
The Ecstasy of NFTs: The Blank Wall Conundrum
Hybrid World: The Bridge Between Physical and Digital
The Innovation Cycle

The full program line-up is available online.

Lauren Denowitz, Senior Director of Creative and Communications, of Stella Artois comments, “We’re so incredibly excited to be part of Christie’s Art+Tech Summit this summer that focuses on NFTs. As a brand that has long supported the art community, we recognize that our consumers are equally as invested in the art space and have since evolved to collecting art digitally. Not only are we excited about the industry’s evolution and success but in looking forward at how NFTs can drive our business goals.”

Christie’s continues to underpin its position at the forefront of the burgeoning NFT market as the first international auction house to sell an NFT of a purely digital work of art—setting a new world record for digital art, achieving the highest price for any lot in any online-only auction, the highest price for any winning bid placed online, and the highest total for any online-only auction with the sale of Beeple’s EVERYDAYS: THE FIRST 5000 DAYS for $69 million.

Additional digitals innovations at Christie’s include:

  • The first international auction house to utilize AR technology, pioneered during the sale of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi in 2017 and then the record-breaking Peggy and David Rockefeller Collection in 2018.
  • n American Place: The Barney A. Ebsworth Collection.
  • Obvious, Portrait of Edward de Belamy, 2018) sold for $432,500.
  • Marina Abramovic’s The Life in 2020 for £287,500.


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About Christie’s

Founded in 1766, Christie’s is a world-leading art and luxury business. Renowned and trusted for its expert live and online auctions, as well as its bespoke private sales, Christie’s offers a full portfolio of global services to its clients, including art appraisal, art financing, international real estate, and education.  Christie’s has a physical presence in 46 countries, throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and the Asia Pacific, with flagship international sales hubs in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris, and Geneva. It also is the only international auction house authorized to hold sales in mainland China (Shanghai).

Christie’s auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from $200 to over $100 million. In recent years, Christie’s has achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvador Mundi, 2017), for a single collection sale (the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, 2018), and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019).

Christie’s Private Sales offers seamless service for buying and selling art, jewelry, and watches outside of the auction calendar, working exclusively with Christie’s specialists at a client’s individual pace.

Recent innovations at Christie’s include the groundbreaking sale of the first NFT for a digital work of art ever offered at a major auction house (Beeple’s Everydays, March 2021), with the unprecedented acceptance of cryptocurrency as a means of payment. As an industry leader in digital innovation, Christie’s also continues to pioneer new technologies that are redefining the business of art, including the creation of viewing and bidding experiences that integrate augmented reality, global live streaming, buy-now channels, and hybrid sales formats. 

Christie’s is dedicated to advancing responsible culture throughout its business and communities worldwide, including achieving sustainability through net-zero carbon emissions by 2030, and actively using its platform in the art world to amplify under-represented voices and support positive change.

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*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price – see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalog.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.


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