Digital artist Mike Winkelmann, better known as Beeple, has sold a physical and hybrid digital art piece for $28.9 million USD. On November 9, the generative sculpture “HUMAN ONE” was auctioned off as part of Christie’s 21st Century Evening Sale.

The installation, which consists of a dynamic NFT and kinetic video sculpture, is intended to display artwork that will change over time. Beeple had perpetual remote access to the artwork as well as creative control over all its content. The art piece was described as a “triumphant follow-up” to the artist’s legendary “EVERDAYS: The First 5000 Days,” according to Noah Davis, Christie’s head of digital sales.“Through a chromed-out, towering monolith of slowly spinning LED panels, Beeple boldly delivers the cartoon-dystopian, highly polished hallucinations of his continuing EVERYDAYS series firmly into the round,” Davis shares in one statement. “The work’s protagonist is seen as a lone astronaut who is forever striding through the wastelands of a pretty familiar world, one strewn with a few nods to some of the titans of Art History, desolate stretches of sand dunes, oversize Pop icons in various states of decay or perversion and punctuated by the occasional spray of flora.” Winkelmann told Davis that he was inspired to make the sculpture after combining many TV screens on wheels into various forms and patterns throughout the summer. “We knew right away that this screen combination was a strong canvas – anything we put on it looked amazing.”