One Maccas quarter-pounder and cheese? That’ll be US$1.1 million. Cash or credit? Please make payment to the attention of TarantinoNFTs.com.
Just when you thought the non-fungible token world couldn’t get any crazier, director and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino’s first Pulp Fiction NFT has sold for that exact eye-watering figure, despite the best efforts of Miramax – the film studio that produced the 1994 cult classic – to block the sale.
You Want Fries With That?
In November last year, as reported by Crypto News Australia, Tarantino announced he would auction off seven Pulp Fiction scenes as NFTs. On January 24, SCRT (Secret) Labs announced that the first of these, named for a scene in the film where a character explains how in Paris a McDonald’s cheeseburger is known as a “Royale with Cheese”, had sold for US$1.1 million to crypto collective AnonDAO.
However, Miramax immediately filed a lawsuit claiming intellectual property rights over the content. “Whatever limited rights Mr Tarantino has to screenplay publication, they do not permit the minting of unique NFTs associated with Miramax’s intellectual property,” lawyers for the studio said in a statement.
All seven scenes in the Pulp Fiction series offer Tarantino’s original handwritten screenplay from the film as one-of-a-kind NFTs. In collaboration with SCRT Labs, the scripts come with audio commentary from Tarantino explaining each scene’s significance.
Next Cab off the Rank: ‘Pumpkin and Honey Bunny’
Upcoming auctions of the remaining six NFTs will last for 24 hours or until the target price is reached. Scenes include: “Pumpkin and Honey Bunny”, “Foot Massage”, “Check Out the Big Brain on Brett”, “Captain Koons Monologue – The Gold Watch”, “Bring Out the Gimp”, and “Last Scene: Coffee Shop – Ezekiel 25:17”. Auctions run until January 31 through the Tarantino NFTs site.
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