EXCALIBUR - My Kawaii Valentine: Online Auction Hong Kong Monday, February 14, 2022 | Phillips

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  • "I wonder if the moon is not the same moon as the past, I wonder if the spring is not the same spring as the past."
    — the ghost of Lady Izutsu

    This work is an official collaboration between the artist collective EXCALIBUR and the DeFi-staked crypto collectibles Aavegotchi. The word aave in Aavegotchi means "ghost" in Finnish, and the game is about collecting various NFTs with a cute ghost as the motif.


    Within the tradition of noh, the classical Japanese performing art, there is a category of theatre referred to as mugen noh in which the main character is a ghost, spirit, or some phantasmal being. EXCALIBUR has created this work in reference to the noh Izutsu, which is one of the masterpieces of mugen noh. The main theme of Izutsu is the idea of unwavering love. The main character, a female ghost, waits for the man she loves, even after death. This crypto art overlays the unimaginable evolution of our future society through blockchain technology, and the fundamental human sentiments that remain unchanged even as the eras change.


    An important aesthetic principle of noh is yugen, which refers to a beauty so profound that it cannot be measured by human knowledge. Gotchi-Noh / Izutsu uses a noh stage and noh masks as a metaphor for the metaverse, which predicts the yugen of a new space."Only I haven't changed anything and I still love you."
    —the poet Ariwara no Narihira (825-880)


    This Lot is sold subject to the Online-Only Auction Conditions of Sale, Hong Kong, the Additional Conditions of Sale applicable to NFT Lots and the Additional Conditions of Sale applicable to Cryptocurrency Payments, in addition to the following supplemental terms:


    Further Information on NFTs

    In what currency will I be bidding?


    The auction will be conducted and invoiced in Hong Kong dollars (HKD).

    What forms of payment are accepted?


    You can pay for an NFT Lot in HKD or in one of the cryptocurrencies accepted by Phillips (Bitcoin or Ether).  If you wish to pay for an NFT Lot in Bitcoin or Ether you must satisfy the Cryptocurrency Conditions set out in our Additional Conditions of Sale applicable to Cryptocurrency Payments.


    You acknowledge and agree that the price of Bitcoin and Ether can be volatile and subject to upward and downward movements. You acknowledge that the conversion rate between these Accepted Cryptocurrencies and HKD will change during and after the auction until the Lot is paid for. Phillips does not offer cryptocurrency conversion functionality during the auction.  Bidders are responsible for making their own currency conversion calculations when bidding in the auction. 

    How much will I have to pay?


    If you are the successful bidder on an NFT Lot, you must pay the total purchase price for the Lot (calculated as described in the Conditions of Sale for the Online-Only Auction) plus network and other fees required to transfer the NFT to your Digital Wallet).


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    Are resale royalties payable to the artist on re-sales of the NFT?


    If resale royalties are payable to the artist on subsequent resales of the NFT, this will be stipulated in the NFT Lot’s smart contract.  Where they exist, re-sale royalties will be a percentage of the re-sale price of the NFT. It is therefore important that you review (or seek professional help to review) and understand the operation of the NFT’s smart contract (including any rights and restrictions contained in the smart contract) before bidding.


    Depending on where the NFT Lot is re-sold, additional artist resale royalties and transaction duties may apply to the transaction under applicable law. These would be additional to and not in substitution for any resale royalties imposed by the NFT’s smart contract.




    • You are bidding for yourself and not on behalf of anyone else

    • If you are the successful bidder, you will be buying the NFT only.  You will not be buying the digital artwork asset identified by the NFT.  For further details please read the Additional Conditions of Sale for NFT Lots

    • You have a wallet capable of supporting and accepting the NFT token type listed in the NFT Lot description

    • You can only pay for the Lot in Ether or Bitcoin if you satisfy the Cryptocurrency Conditions set out in our Additional Conditions of Sale applicable to Cryptocurrency Payments.These include requirements for you to make payment: 

      • from a single digital wallet registered in your name maintained on one of the following platforms:

        • Coinbase Custody Trust;

        • Coinbase, Inc.;

        • Fidelity Digital Assets Services, LLC;

        • Gemini Trust Company, LLC; or

        • Paxos Trust Company, LLC;

      • using funds obtained from licit activities and belonging to you.


    We cannot accept cryptocurrency payments:


    • from digital wallets hosted at other exchanges or self-hosted wallets;

    • from multiple digital wallets

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    If we cannot accept payment from you in cryptocurrency for these or other reasons, you must make payment in HK dollars.


    Please view the full Online-Only Auction Conditions of Sale, Hong Kong Additional Conditions of Sale applicable to NFT Lots and the Additional Conditions of Sale applicable to Cryptocurrency Payments, all of which apply to the sale of this Lot

    • Provenance

      The Artists


Gotchi-Noh / Izutsu (The Well Cradle)

Token ID3
Contract Address0xde22...131b
Non-Fungible TokenERC-721
MP4 (H.264): 116.9 MB (116,877,491 bytes), 2160x2160px, 01:30, stereo
Minted on 1 February 2022, this work is unique.

Artwork by EXCALIBUR x Aavegotchi. Sound by EXCALIBUR. Presented by Sato Gallery and Pixelcraft Studios Pte. Ltd.

Full Cataloguing

Estimate On Request

Sold for HK$126,000

Contact Specialist

Hin Hin Wong

Associate Specialist, 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Hong Kong

+852 2318 2013


My Kawaii Valentine: Online Auction

Online Auction 14 - 22 February 2022