Cryptocurrency’s Newest Frontier

The craze for digital artworks known as NFTs exploded in the past year. Why are some people shelling out millions of dollars for them?,

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Cryptocurrency’s Newest Frontier

The craze for digital artworks known as NFTs exploded in the past year. Why are some people shelling out millions of dollars for them?

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It started with a picture posted on the internet, and ended in an extravagant cryptocurrency bidding war.

NFTs, or “nonfungible tokens,” have recently taken the art world by storm, making the leap from specialist websites to premier auction houses.

Sabrina Tavernise, a national correspondent for The Times, speaks with the Times columnist Kevin Roose about digital currency’s newest frontier, his unexpected role in it and why it matters.


Kevin Roose, a technology columnist for The Times who examines the intersection of technology, business, and culture.

ImageA picture of Kevin Roose's column was sold for about $725,000.
A picture of Kevin Roose’s column was sold for about $725,000.

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Sabrina Tavernise and Kevin Roose contributed reporting.

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