The Sandbox hosts its first wedding, Hollywood actor auctions photo of eye as NFT and more


Decentralized blockchain-based Metaverse The Sandbox held its first-ever digital and real-life wedding on its Metaverse.

Singaporean couple Joanne Tham and music company Bandwagon CEO Clarence Chan celebrated their nuptials in a “70s disco glam” themed wedding on September 17, held in a digital replica of Singapore’s famous Al Khaf Mansion .

While the couple appeared on the real-world hotel grounds with some guests, their digital avatars also appeared in the sandbox virtual world, which could be seen by guests who joined remotely. The event was hosted in digital avatar by Sebastien Borget, co-founder and COO of The Sandbox.

After their first virtual kiss as husband and wife, the couple left Metaverse to continue their offline celebrations.

The wedding is the result of a collaboration between 1-Group, Smobler Studios and The Sandbox, where Web3 design agency Smobler Studios has recreated the Alkaff Mansion and its unique architecture. 1-Group manage real-world mansions.

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Hollywood star Javier Bardem will “donate” a close-up photo of his iris via NFT as part of a fundraiser aimed at restoring sight to people in developing countries.

Baden is a renowned Spanish actor and director, known for his roles in a 30-year career including Dune, James Bond Skyfall, and his award-winning performance in Old Man Without Borders.

Photographs of his eyes will be auctioned by Ojos del Mundo (World Eye Foundation) on September 29, with a starting bid of 9,000 euros. The digital photo will come in the form of a non-fungible token (NFT) and will also be accompanied by a printed photo signed and dedicated by the actor.

As part of the group’s new fundraising campaign, the World Eye Foundation hopes to raise enough money to expand “the scope of operations and/or promote new projects in camps in the Sahara, Mozambique, Bolivia or Mali”.

“I am delighted to partner with ‘Irises del mundo’ to donate my iris photo to auction and continue to help the foundation’s work on avoidable blindness,” Baden said in a statement.

Javier Bardem was the first celebrity to support the initiative by “donating” his iris, but the group teased other auctions at some point in the future without naming them.

NFTs will become “all-in-one”

PGA TOUR, which hosts a series of men’s golf tournaments in the US and North America, has partnered with NFT marketplace Autograph to create a golf-based NFT platform.

Launching sometime in 2023, the deal will allow golf fans to purchase digital content featuring their favorite players, as well as highlights from the archives and the current FedEx Cup season.

PGA TOUR NFT collectors will also have access to exclusive digital, live and live experiences.

Rem Brown, the PGA Tour’s chief legal officer, said the latest partnership is designed to engage fans and bring them closer to the game and their favorite players.

Autograph, an NFT marketplace co-founded by NFL quarterback Tom Brady, also showcases top tennis pro Rafael Nadal’s NFT collection and Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Indianapolis 500 collection.

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The PGA signs deals with other major sports leagues to enter the Web3 space.

The National Football League (NFL) and National Basketball Association (NBA) both have long-term agreements with Flow blockchain creator Dapper Labs, and Major League Baseball (MLB) has an NFT partnership with Candy Digital.

Palm Beach has its own NFT restaurant

Downtown West Palm Beach, Florida has become home to a new NFT restaurant, Vinyl Fish Club (VFC).

The restaurant uses blockchain technology and uses NFTs as membership tokens for diners to participate in special events in and out of the store, as well as concierge services.

Membership also allows access to special dining menus, whisky tastings and VFC’s private room for after-hours cocktails and tastings.

These tokens have a floor price of 1 ETH and a total of 50 are available.

The restaurant is open to the public, but the VFC said they will prioritize members when it comes to seating.

More exciting news:

While Minecraft creators Mojang Studios opposed the integration of NFTs, a Metaverse-focused company managed to introduce NFTs into several games, including its own Minecraft servers.

The Japanese gaming giant is positioning itself for mainstream blockchain gaming adoption, despite the potential for backlash from the gaming community.