Ozzy Osbourne is hopping on the digital art bandwagon to cash in on his infamous bat bite.
The 73-year-old Black Sabbath veteran has announced that a collection of 9,666 “CryptoBatz” will be available as non-fungible tokens starting in January.
He said his lineup was a nod to one of his most notorious moments, when he bit the head of a bat on stage in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1982.
Ozzy, who has Parkinson’s disease, added that the project came after his wife Sharon, 69, refused to buy him one of the world’s most popular NFTs from the Bored Ape range for Christmas.
He said, “I’ve been trying to get into the NFT action for a while, so when I asked Sharon for a bored monkey for Christmas after several failed attempts to buy mine and she said no, I decided to create my own.
“CryptoBatz is a ***** g mental project for collectors and fans of NFT.
“The design pays homage to one of my most iconic moments on stage and is a chance to acquire a rare piece of art history. I love it.”
A press release for Ozzy’s NFTs stated that each of its CryptoBatz will have the ability to “bite” another NFT in a user’s digital wallet and mutate with it to create another token.
The resulting “MutantBatz” will apparently allow clients to combine with NFTs from companies such as the Bored Ape Yacht Club, SupDucks, Cryptotoadz and others.
A treasure hunt called AncientBatz will also allow CryptoBatz holders to search for tokens around the world.
AncientBat NFTs are said to have the power to bite other tokens up to 100 times and spawn 100 MutantBatz.
Ozzy joins a team of celebrities who have dabbled in selling and trading digital art, from Paris Hilton and Damien Hirst to Snoop Dogg, Lindsay Lohan and John Cleese.
In July, NFT’s sales in the first half of 2021 were estimated to have grown by almost £ 1.5 billion.
Two months earlier, cryptocurrency firm Injective Protocol paid £ 71,000 for Morons, a physical work of art by Banksy.
It showed an auctioneer flogging a framed picture with the words, “I can’t believe you morons are actually buying this shit.”
The image was then burned before a digital token of the artwork sold for £ 283,000.
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