PleasrDAO, the art collective that bought the NFT for about $4 million in June, started offering fractionalized ownership in the form of $DOG on Wednesday.
The image of the Shiba Inu breed from Japan gave birth to Dogecoin — the joke cryptocurrency that boomed to as much as $95 billion earlier this year in a rally that captivated Wall Street.
With 17 billion in existence, each DOG coin is worth about 3 cents and about one-fifth is in circulation, while 55% is owned by the original buyer.
These are all signs of a market going bananas after total NFT volume surged more than 10-fold last month to $3 billion on OpenSea. It’s also fodder for critics who see pump-and-dump risks rampant across the industry, where success is primarily driven by social-media hype and ownership can sometimes be concentrated in the hands of a few holders.
While the assets are by definition unique, traders can now speculate on fractionalized tokens, or shares of NFTs, that are traded on popular decentralized exchanges like Uniswap and Sushiswap. Put another way, owning a $DOG coin is a bit like buying a chunk of an artwork that you can trade on the Nasdaq.
In another case of NFT mania, the latest Internet favorite is Loot (for Adventurers), a collection of images of texts naming a random assortment of items in video games — anything from gloves to a dragon’s crown.