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How Bitcoin is infiltrating the $60bn global art market

Why is the art world getting excited about digital currency Bitcoin and its underlying technology blockchain? (Underlying: fundamental, basic)

Eleesa Dadiani owns and runs an art gallery in London’s famous Cork Street. She was born in Georgia in the Caucasus.

But she is also a passionate believer in the power of Bitcoin and other digital currencies.

When we meet she is busy preparing for an exhibition of sculptures made from the exhausts of former Formula 1 racing cars. (Sculpture: A work of art produced by carving, modeling or welding to create a figure.)

One of these strange rib-cage-like creations made from the super-strong alloy Inconel has been gold-plated and will sell for about £35,000.

“These are pieces of history,” she tells me.

In a first for the tradition-bound art world of Cork Street, her international clientele will have the opportunity to pay using Bitcoin, the digital cryptocurrency underpinned by blockchain technology. (Cryptocurrency: A digital currency that uses codes to record transactions.)

The gallery will also accept other cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, Dash, Litecoin, and soon, Monero, she says.

“This is not a demand-driven decision at all, it’s intuitive based on the way things are going,” she says. (Intuition: A quick perception or insight which is independent of the rational process.)

She believes paying by cryptocurrency will become as normal as paying by cash or credit card. She also hopes it will attract a new, nontraditional type of art investor.

Blockchain, the underlying technology, is a digital record of transactions that are distributed across and verified by thousands of computers in a network.

Once the network has reached a consensus that a transaction has happened, the ledger is updated and cannot be tampered with. (Tamper: To meddle into something with the purpose of destroying it.)

“Blockchain is a borderless, open source, a decentralized peer-to-peer network that governments cannot shut down,” she says. “For me, the blockchain is going to be the biggest thing since the internet.”

Today’s words are:

  1. Underlying.
  2. Sculpture.
  3. Cryptocurrency.
  4. Intuition.
  5. Tamper.

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