Blockchain auction to feature Marvel cover adaptations by Rob Prior, with Stan Lee as characters

Blockchain auction to feature Marvel cover adaptations by Rob Prior, with Stan Lee as characters

The Legacy Collection: Portraits of Stan Lee was signed by the icon before his passing, and will be auctioned on the Mogul Productions platform.

The NFT space has been bustling with excitement in recent months through new and creative applications worldwide. Mogul Productions, a global non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace and decentralized finance (DeFi) platform for film and entertainment, particularly managed to make a name for itself through a series of NFT bonanza events that got film and entertainment fans talking—and it’s latest collection really takes the cake.

Beginning Wednesday, October 27th 2021, ten striking works of art by celebrated pop artist and performance painter Rob Prior, will go on a special auction on Mogul, and it is open to all. Each work of art has been signed by comic book legend Stan Lee, before his passing,

The Legacy Collection: Portraits of Stan Lee, which is the first part of this exclusive collection, will consist of ten artworks out of a planned run of 95. Each unique piece celebrates Lee on iconic comic covers from Marvel and the Golden Age of comics, either in a cameo role, or as one of his beloved characters. This collection will be one of the most prestigious bodies of work released as a series of NFTs to date. The collection will go up for auction on Mogul on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 5 pm Pacific Time, with the sale running until Oct. 29 at 5 pm. Auction winners will receive an original physical artwork attached to a 1:1 ERC-1155 NFT.

The backstory that led to The Legacy Collection: Portraits of Stan Lee

The Legacy Collection: Portraits of Stan Lee was a multiyear effort that started when David Gold, a mutual friend of the pair, suggested Prior and Lee collaborate to have Lee cameo on iconic comic book covers. The 95 paintings, in addition to a stack of blank sheets for character updates, served as a testament to decades of friendship and were among the last items Lee signed prior to his death in 2018. 

In addition to the undeniable sentimental value and cultural significance of the paintings, each item in the collection is also monumental in size. The largest painting in the collection stands at nearly nine feet tall. When speaking of the collection’s size, Prior noted it was intentional. “How better to honor the biggest content creator of our time than with some of the biggest paintings possible?” Fans of Lee, as well as comic and art aficionados worldwide, would certainly agree.

The Legacy of Stan Lee and his characters

Stan Lee was known and loved worldwide for being a true comic book icon and visionary, for creating some of the most adored characters in existence that stood the test of time. His vast list of heroes and villains collectively managed to transform the comic book industry in multiple ways. His most popular characters include Spider Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Natasha Romanoff, Doctor Strange, Loki, Black Panther, The X-Men, Punisher, and Ant Man. Those iconic characters are only a few of the 300+ characters in Lee’s name on Marvel alone.

One of the reasons behind the lasting power of Lee’s characters was the fact that they were oftentimes ordinary people that were put in situations that happened by chance, which unleashed superhuman abilities. Some of the most notable instances of this include Peter Parker being bitten by the radioactive spider, and the Fantastic Four being bombarded with cosmic radiation. Lee’s characters are also adored far and wide for being more/less relatable due to their storylines and character development. This is seen with the Fantastic Four, which delved into family problems, and the X-Men—each of whom faced discrimination, racism, and bigotry. Lee evidently mastered the perfect balance between realistic and fictitious storylines and character development—and was a man way ahead of his time who will continue to make history from beyond through the series of NFTs on Mogul’s marketplace.

The Collection builds on Rob Prior’s earlier NFT Success

The Legacy Collection: Portraits of Stan Lee is the latest in Prior’s contribution to the Mogul NFT platform. Earlier in 2021, Prior joined Mogul for a first-ever “NFT Proof of Origin” event. During that event, thousands of NFT collectors from around the world watched Prior unveil “Reign of Money…what the f$ck,” which was an original painting inspired by the film Wolf of Wall Street. At the end of the event, just as the auction went live, Prior made headlines for burning the painting in front of all who tuned in, leaving the NFT. 

“Reign of Money…what the f$ck” sold 24 hours later for $182,050, making it one of the most significant NFT debut drops of 2021. Through The Legacy Collection however, Prior is excited to give fans something both digital and tangible to hold onto.

“Stan was an important part of pop culture for more than seventy years,” Prior said. “Hopefully, these paintings will give his fans, many of whom are also NFT collectors, a way to continue to celebrate his legacy.”

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