Regardless of the Russian state sustaining a largely unfriendly stance on cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC), a serious state-backed museum is benefiting from the business by elevating lots of of hundreds of {dollars} with nonfungible tokens, or NFTs.

The Russian State Hermitage Museum, the biggest museum on the planet, has completed its first public sale on the NFT platform by Binance — the world’s largest crypto trade — promoting 5 tokenized collectibles depicting masterpieces from artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Vincent van Gogh.

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The public sale included 5 NFT copies of Hermitage-hosted artworks, together with Wassily Kandinsky’s “Composition VI,” Giorgione’s “Judith,” Da Vinci’s “The Madonna and Baby,” Claude Monet’s “Nook of the Backyard at Montgeron” and van Gogh’s “Lilac Bush.”

In line with knowledge from the Binance NFT platform, the Hermitage’s public sale has generated a complete of greater than $444,000 value of Binance USD (BUSD), a U.S. dollar-denominated stablecoin operated by Binance.

The public sale’s highest bid went to “The Madonna and Baby,” with the profitable bidder placing a 150,500 BUSD bid to purchase the digital illustration of the well-known paintings.

Supply: Binance NFT

A spokesperson for the Hermitage instructed Cointelegraph that each one the NFT public sale proceeds will go to the museum, “aside from the bills agreed within the contract throughout the framework of this mission.” “The Hermitage doesn’t make any operations with cryptocurrency. All funds will go to the Hermitage in Fiat forex — Russian rubles,” the consultant famous.

Saying the NFT sale plans in July, the Hermitage said that its authorized division was working with authorized consulting firm LFCS to create and promote NFTs utilizing a mannequin that “absolutely complies with Russian laws.”

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Funds in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are removed from being legally accepted in Russia. Earlier on Tuesday, Dmitry Peskov — the official consultant of Russian President Vladimir Putin — reiterated that Russia has no reason to recognize Bitcoin as legal tender, as this is able to be detrimental to the nation’s monetary system. Russia officially prohibited residents from making payments in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin as a part of its crypto regulation, “On Digital Monetary Property,” in January.