Christie’s to Auction Part of Bitcoin-Inspired Artwork

Christie’s is set to sell one painting from Robert Alice’s “Portrait of a Mind,” a monumental series of 40 paintings carrying a transcription of the code behind the Bitcoin blockchain

Christie’s will sell one painting from the series, “Block 21 (42.36433° N, -71.26189° E),” as part of its “Post-War and Contemporary Day Auction” on Oct. 7, at the end of a week-long exhibition of auctioned works in New York.

Drawing on both Bitcoin’s creation myth and the 20th century conceptualism, “Portrait of a Mind” is a hand-painted transcription of the 12.3 million digits of the code that launched the cryptocurrency.

“I don’t understand why much of the commemoration of Bitcoin emphasizes the publication of the whitepaper over and above the codebase itself, which, for me, is the real historical document,” Robert Alice commented his artwork.