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A 27-Year-Old Bohemian Prince Jumps Into NFTs

The Czech Lobkowicz family is auctioning off the digital certificates to restore castles and artwork.

Nelahozeves Castle
Nelahozeves CastlePhotographer: Peter Hirth/laif/Redux

A 600-year-old Bohemian noble family is embracing the latest craze sweeping the crypto and art worlds, hoping that NFTs will help pay for the restoration of its artwork collection and an ancestral castle.

The Czech Republic’s Lobkowicz family — which once sponsored Beethoven, lost everything to the Nazis and Communists and then reclaimed their castles and artwork in the 1990s after the fall of communism — will auction a slew of non-fungible tokens and host a conference next month in Prague at the Lobkowicz Palace, from which you can see the entire city.