In 2016, Damien Hirst created 10,000 dot paintings and later sold them for $2,000 each with a corresponding NFT. As part of The Currency Project, the artist asked owners to either keep the physical version of the artwork or the NFT. They could only keep one, and the alternate version would be destroyed. At the end of the experiment, 4,180 people opted for the physical painting, while 5,820 chose to keep the NFT, meaning half of the original pieces will be burned, including 1,000 from Hirst's personal collection. The series marked Damien's first foray into NFTs and was followed by his second NFT project featuring artwork inspired by Drake's Certified Lover Boy album.