The work of trans teen artist Victor Langlois fetched $2.16 million dollars at a Christie’s auction on Wednesday.
The pieces auctioned were part of the artists’ collection, “Hello, i’m Victor (FEWOCiOUS) and This Is My Life.” The collection includes physical paintings and unique digital work known as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that each represent a year in Langlois’ transition, between the ages of 14 and 18. “Year 1, Age 14 — It Hurts To Hide” includes an NFT, a paired painting, and 14 archival drawings and digital FTs.
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In an Instagram post, accompanied by a (joyfully) tearful video, Langlois, who goes by the moniker FEWOCiOUS, thanked his supporters, writing, “thank you so much to everyone for making me feel so loved, believing in my art and believing in me, it means the world,” followed by a heart emoji. “I’ll never forget this feeling or these last few weeks.”
Although relatively new to the art scene, Langlois’ career has so far been lucrative. NBC News reports that he has already made just under $18 million from his art in less than one year. The outlet also reports that he is the youngest artist whose work has been sold through Christie’s. In a statement put out by the auction house, digital art specialist Noah Davis praised Langlois’ work, saying, “I hope his success shines bright for other young creative people who might be struggling with similar issues of identity and acceptance.”
Langlois’ work was featured on auction from June 23 through June 30.