Anthony Hopkins NFT series sell out in minutes

Oscar-winning actor Anthony Hopkins’ first NFT series has sold out in less than 10 minutes at launch on leading marketplace OpenSea.

All 1,000 pieces in the “Eternal Collection” were sold within about seven minutes when launched on October 13, prompting Hopkins to post a Tweet to express his delight. 

The collection was produced in partnership with Web3 company Orange Comet and intended to conceptualise 10 character archetypes that Hopkins has portrayed throughout his career, including Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs” and Odin in three of Marvel’s “Thor” movies. 

The NFTs are digital renderings of Hopkins’ face as interpretations of these character archetypes, including the Hero, the Rebel, the Magician, the Sage, the Ruler, the Explorer, the Lover, the Creator, the Giver and the Jester.

Holders of the collection will have a chance to talk to Hopkins in a one-on-one event via Discord, and earn other benefits such as a framed print of the NFT art signed by Hopkins, an audio clip of Hopkins meeting with the Orange Comet team to discuss the NFT. The company also plans to auction off “1 of 1 NFT,” a compilation of 10 different animations into one piece, with a portion of the proceeds going to a charity of Hopkins’ choice.

Hopkins’ interest in NFT was sparked by the release of his 2021 thriller “Zero Contact,” the first feature film to be released as an NFT by the NFT entertainment distribution platform Vuele. He tweeted that he was interested in NFT and had actually purchased films by NFT creators Nyla Hayes, Brendan Murphy, and Danny Cole.

Hopkins, now 84, said: “NFT is for me a blank canvas to create art in a new format,” Hopkins told reporters earlier. “It’s fun to be the old guy on the block—the oldest guy,” the 84-year-old actor said. 

“I’m interested in and fascinated by young people…. But inspiration is reciprocal, and so I’m hoping to also return some inspiration to people by saying that everything is possible. Give it a whirl, have a go. That’s what I did in my life,” he said.