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To collect is to be human

Nearly 1,000 lots from Karl Lagerfeld’s estate are soon to go up for auction. I was reading about it over the weekend in FT and, what is obvious, is that Lagerfeld liked to collect things. He had homes all over the place and in those homes were lots of nice things, ranging from art and tapestries to unique furniture and iPods.

Yes, he really liked iPods. After he passed away, over 500 of them were discovered in one of this drawers and another 70 were found in his office in Paris’ 7th. Apparently he used to curate music on them and then gift them to people. It was one of his things.

Of course, Lagerfeld was a wildly successful fashion guy and his estate is surely pretty unique. But I think it’s important to keep in mind that to collect is a deeply human endeavor. We have been doing it forever. And in this context, it’s not surprising at all why non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have taken off in the way that they have.

Our world is profoundly digital, but before blockchains and NFTs, we were missing a way to validate ownership over digital assets. That’s no longer the case. For more on this, here is an interesting TEDx Talk by Roham Gharegozlou, who is the CEO of Vancouver-based Dapper Labs (the company behind CryptoKitties and NBA Top Shot). The talk is from 2018, but it’s just as relevant.

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