Beloved martial arts superstar, Bruce Lee, has joined the growing list of iconic figures being immortalized on the blockchain through the use of NFTs. From April 12 to April 14, fans of the actor were able to mint his non-fungible tokens in a 36 hour open edition drop. Dubbed House of Lee: Genesis, these NFTs were available thanks to a partnership between The Bruce Lee Estate and Pplpleasr’s Shibuya video platform.
The announcement was made in a post from the official Bruce Lee Twitter account featuring a video clip of the Kung Fu star. The clip is particularly nostalgic as it showcases the action star’s transformation into an anime character, reminding viewers of the stellar performances that defined his movies.
Featuring the artwork of the iconic actor, the NFTs were designed and hand-drawn by Emily “pplpleasr” Yang in collaboration with Shannon Lee, founder and president of the Bruce Lee Estate and daughter of the late martial artist. Collectors can consider these NFTs as a ticket “to the House of Lee”. Although minted on the Ethereum network, the exact utility of these collectibles is yet to be revealed.
During the 36 hour drop, a grand total of 48,691 NFTs arrived on the blockchain via the Manifold platform, each costing their collectors just 0.008 ETH, around $15 at the time.
WE ARE SO BACK.
48,691 MINTS, thank you to every single one of you that supported. Stay water, friends. pic.twitter.com/K8NaLPvQ4h
— Shibuya (@shibuyaxyz) April 14, 2023
More Web3 Activity to Come from the Bruce Lee Estate
The release of the NFTs marks the beginning of what promises to be a long-lasting collaboration between Shibuya and the Bruce Lee Estate. Shibuya has previously focused on creating video content that is directed by NFT holders of the associated project. Recently, it launched an animated series on the White Rabbit, however, it remains to be seen whether they will follow the same approach with the Bruce Lee NFTs.
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