The Sandbox Hosts His First Wedding, Hollywood Actor Auctions NFT of Eye and More

Decentralized blockchain-based metaverse The Sandbox hosted its first hybrid digital and real-life wedding on its metaverse.

The newlyweds, Singaporean couple Joanne Tham and Clarence Chan, CEO of music company Bandwagon, celebrated their wedding on Saturday in a ’70s disco glam-themed wedding, which took place in a digital replica of the famous Alkaff Mansion in Singapore.

While the pair were physically present in a real-world hotel with a few guests, their digital avatars were also present in The Sandbox metaverse and could be seen by guests who joined remotely. The event was chaired by The Sandbox co-founder and COO, Sébastien Borget, in the form of a digital avatar.

After their first virtual kiss as husband and wife, the couple left the Metaverse to continue their celebrations offline.

The wedding is the result of a collaboration between 1-Group, Smobler Studios and The Sandbox, with design agency Web3 Smobler Studios recreating The Alkaff Mansion and its distinctive architecture in The Sandbox. 1-Group manages the counterpart to the real-world mansion.

Consider an NFT auction

Hollywood star Javier Bardem is set to “donate” a close-up photo of his iris via an NFT as part of a fundraising campaign to restore sight to people in developing countries.

Bardem, a well-known Spanish actor and director is known for his roles spanning his 30-year career including Dune, James Bond Skyfall and his award-winning performance in There is no country for old people.

The photo of his eye is set to be auctioned by Ojos del Mundo (World Eyes Foundation) on September 29, with a starting price of $9,027, or 9,000 euros. The digital photograph will be in the form of a non-fungible token (NFT), and will also be accompanied by a printed photo signed and autographed by the actor himself.

As part of the group’s new fundraising campaign, Iris of the World, the Eyes of the World Foundation hopes to raise enough money to broaden “the lines of action and/or promote new projects in the Sahrawi camps, in Mozambique, Bolivia or Mali”.

“I am happy to collaborate with ‘Irises del mundo’ by donating a photograph of my iris to the auction and to continue to help the Foundation’s collaboration on avoidable blindness,” Bardem said in a statement.

Javier Bardem is the first celebrity to support the initiative by “donating” his iris, but the group has teased other auctions at some point in the future without revealing specific names.

NFTs are set to be a “hole-in-one”

PGA TOUR, which hosts a series of men’s golf tournaments in the United States and North America, has partnered with NFT Autograph Marketplace to create a golf-based NFT platform.

Scheduled to launch in 2023, the deal will allow golf fans to purchase digital content featuring their favorite players and moments from the archives and the current FedExCup season.

PGA TOUR NFT collectors will also have the opportunity to access exclusive digital experiences, both in-person and on-site.

PGA Tour legal director Len Brown said the latest partnership is about engaging fans and bringing them closer to the game and their favorite players.

Autograph is an NFT marketplace co-founded by National Football League (NFL) quarterback Tom Brady, which has also featured NFT collections from top-rated tennis professional Rafael Nadal and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 collection.

Related: NFTs will bring crypto to billions of users, says venture capitalist

The PGA joins other major sports leagues in signing deals to enter the Web3 space.

Both the NFL and the National Basketball Association (NBA) have long-term agreements with Flow blockchain creator Dapper Labs, and Major League Baseball (MLB) also has an NFT partnership with Candy Digital.

Palm Beach gets its own NFT restaurant

Downtown West Palm Beach, Florida is home to a new NFT restaurant, the Vinyl Fish Club (VFC).

Using blockchain technology, the restaurant uses NFTs as membership tokens for diners to access special on-site and off-site events, as well as concierge service.

Membership also grants access to a special menu, whiskey tastings and the VFC’s private room for after-hours cocktails and tastings.

The tokens are trading at a floor price of one Ether (ETH), with a total of 50 available.

The restaurant is open to the public, but the VFC says it will give members priority for seating.

More exciting news:

Although Minecraft creator Mojang Studios is opposed to integrating NFTs, one metaverse-focused company has successfully introduced NFTs to several games, including its own Minecraft server.

Japanese gaming giants are positioning themselves for the adoption of mainstream blockchain games, despite the potential backlash from the gaming community.

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