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Galaxy Digital Tokenizes 18th-Century Violin for Multi-Million Dollar Loan Deal

Galaxy Digital Tokenizes 18th-Century Violin for Multi-Million Dollar Loan Deal

Galaxy Digital has taken a unique step in the crypto realm by tokenizing an antique violin, turning it into a blockchain asset for a substantial loan deal, as reported by Bloomberg.

The instrument in question is a 1708 Stradivarius once owned by Catherine the Great of Russia, purchased by Animoca Brands co-founder Yat Siu last year for over $9 million. Galaxy Digital, now its custodian, extended a loan to Siu, with the violin serving as collateral. Additionally, the firm issued a NFT representing the violin, also backed by the same loan.

CEO Michael Novogratz expressed excitement about this venture, suggesting it could revolutionize how various assets are managed and traded in the digital economy.

Tokenization, the process of converting real-world assets into blockchain tokens, is gaining traction for its ability to enhance asset liquidity and enable fractional ownership, making trading more accessible.

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Siu mentioned that while tokenizing the violin wasn’t essential, it provided an avenue for additional liquidity. While there are no immediate plans to fractionate the tokenized instrument, Siu remains open to the idea, allowing investors to acquire a stake.

For Galaxy Digital, offering such loans marks a strategic move to tap into a new market segment, particularly benefiting from the surge in crypto markets. While the firm already provides loan services, this initiative broadens its reach and potential clientele.

Alexander Stefanov

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