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Jim Carrey Releases Second NFT ‘Goon In Moonlight’

Multi-talented actor and painter Jim Carrey has released his second non-fungible token (NFT) artwork, titled Goon In Moonlight. Bidding starts on the digital art market SuperRare on Tuesday and will last through Thursday. With a reserve price of US$50,000 (about 29.6 ethereum), a portion of the sale will benefit World Central Kitchen, a not-for-profit founded in 2012 by celebrity chef José Andrés to provide meals in the wake of natural disasters.

Goon in Moonlight is a multimedia piece combining Carrey’s talents in drawing, painting, digital animation, writing, and vocal performance art. “In the unavoidable romance of moonlight, the Goon is doomed to recoil from memories of lost loves and the agony of regret that can transform any one of us into something loathsome in our own mind,” Carrey said after minting the NFT Monday. As an actor, the 60-year-old Carrey has starred in The Truman Show (1998), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), Bruce Almighty (2003), and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), among many other films.

Over the past decade, Carrey has focused more on painting and drawing, something he’s practiced since his youth. He’s had several exhibitions and documented his love for painting in the 2017 short film Jim Carrey: I Needed Color. In June, Carrey released his first NFT, Sunshower, on SuperRare. The digital artwork was produced in association with filmmaker David Bushell and based on his painting of the same name. It sold for approximately US$105,000 (62.04 ethereum) with 21 bids, with proceeds benefiting Feeding America, a nonprofit organization with a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks. The buyer, known as @deekaymotion on the metaverse, is a designer, animator, and director from South Korea living in New York.

“We are beyond excited about Jim Carrey’s second drop on SuperRare,” John Crain, SuperRare co-founder and CEO, said in a statement. “As a visionary artist and performer, it’s incredible to see the evolution of his artistic career.” In 1987, one of Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers paintings was sold at Christie’s in London to a Japanese insurance company for the equivalent of nearly US$40 million—an outstanding sum. Bonnie Brennan, Christie’s president for the Americas, recalls hearing the news while she was being driven to school by her father when she was about 13. Brennan, a young artist herself at the time, recalls thinking, “What an amazing job to be able to be close to these amazing objects.”

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