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Never-before-seen photos of the legendary actor Heath Ledger by photographer Ben Watts will become an NFT collection. The photographer met Ledger through his sister Naomi Watts who dated the actor. The proceeds from the sale will go to the Heath Ledger Foundation, which supports several charitable actions, including the Heath Ledger Scholarship awarded to emerging actors and actresses.
The rare portraits and intimate pictures of Heath Ledger were taken between 2002 and 2004. They feature Ledger skateboarding, surfing, and enjoying his daily life. For instance, there’s a picture of Ledger kissing two puppies, Ned and Bob, whom he adopted with Naomi Watts.
“Heath at LA River for Interview Magazine. He loved to skate and surf, so the session became a fun day rather than a shoot,” one caption reads.
The collection drops on September 14, 12 PM EST. In addition to each NFT, the winning bidders will receive art prints signed by the photographer or an exclusive magazine featuring Heath Ledger’s unique photographs.
“Spontaneous moments at LA River. Heath and Ben did not have a permit to be there and just ‘found’ a way in,” another caption from a photo titled “No Permit” reads.
Heath Ledger was an Australian actor known for his roles in “Brokeback Mountain” and “The Dark Knight.” He was a winner of 36 awards, including the Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, BAFTA, and Golden Globe Award. Ledger died in 2008, at the age of 28, due to a drug overdose.
The late Hollywood actor is not the only departed celebrity featured in NFTs. The American rapper The Notorious B.I.G. has a whole metaverse dedicated to his memory, and he was also the subject of an NFT collection by OneOf.
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