Antiques Radio Show Becomes a Podcast!
Wed, 8 September 2021
Unexploded artillery - once they were fungible.
This program is not going to delve into Non Fungible Tokens – even though sales of these units of data are selling like 17th-century exotic Dutch tulips—some for millions of dollars. NFT’s are stored on a digital ledger, called a blockchain, that certifies a digital asset to be unique and therefore not interchangeable. NFTs can be used to represent items such as photos, videos, audio, and other types of digital files. A staggering $174 million has been spent on them since November 2017. How will they impact the antiques trade? Your host Jolyon Warwick James will let you know in subsequent programs.
This month Jolyon focusses on a slew of non-fungible curiosities, including the recent history of the trade in “well past their use- by-date” comestibles - an old leaky beaker, an unexploded WW1 artillery shell and a weird wristwatch. There’s a follow up to the previous “lost and found” episode 35, with the story a dismembered suit of armour re-united with its lost parts. Jolyon concludes with some helpful quotes about art from Tolstoy, Kipling and Wilde.
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This episode of Antiques Road Show goes to air at 5.30 pm on Monday 13.9.21 and repeats a fortnight later on Monday 27.9.21.