An NFT of a trashcan sold for $252k

NFT bin: image of a glitching bin
(Image credit: Robness)

A photo of a trash can sold for a record breaking $252,000. Welcome to the wild world of NFTs. The image, called 64 Gallon Toter, depicts a large common plastic bin 'glitching'. This NFT by the American artist Robness sold for the astonishing amount of money on OpenSea.

If you're reading this and feel you can sell a crazy NFT artwork for big money, then take a look at our guide to how to make and sell an NFT. But be warned, it's not as easy as you'd think. Robness faced some obstacles to get his art created.

The 38-year-old artist told AFP how NFT marketplace SuperRare initially took the art down. He said: “It was kind of like rage art, I was angry about some things. So I put that up, and it was removed. They thought I was taking Home Depot's picture and breaking copyright.”

Eventually, the NFT marketplace reinstated 64 Gallon Toter because. It seems, the NFT art world had caught up with Robness' vision. From this sale grew the NFT art movement called Trash Art.

NFT bin art: A screen shot of artist Roibness' SuperRare collection

Robness is a prolific NFT artist creating graphic and unusual images (Image credit: Robness)

Robness treads a similar path to many other NFT artists. When he first got into cryptocurrencies in 2014 the artist was living in his car by the beach, doing odd jobs to get by. He told AFP he loves the “disruptive element” of NFTs.

He is now a prolific NFT artist with projects hosted across many NFT marketplaces, making art that's both engaging and critical of modern life. He even created an NFT of a job application he made to McDonald's.

This isn't the first time an artist has pushed at the boundaries of what is considered art. Famously, when Marcel Duchamp submitted a urinal into a gallery in 1917, the art world spluttered: "It's not art!"

If you're smirking at the idea of a picture of a bin being sold for so much money, then remember Duchamp's urinal – artists have a history of doing crazy things and making us all rethink 'what is art'. Oh, and 64 Gallon Toter currently valued on OpenSea for $80,848,305.00. We guess Robness is the one laughing – to the bank.

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  3. NFT gaming: 10 things you need to know

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Ian Dean
Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creativebloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on AI, digital art and video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.