Metaverse Mania: Sotheby's to Auction Snow Crash Manuscript

  • 25. February 2023 at 13:36

• Sotheby’s is auctioning Neil Stephenson’s original Snow Crash novel manuscript, which included the first use of the term ‘metaverse’.
• The auction is part of a series called Infocalypse that features both physical and digital items.
• Researchers expect the digital collectibles market to hit $1 trillion by 2032, fueled by NFTs.

Sotheby’s To Auction Snow Crash Manuscript

Sotheby’s is set to auction the original version of Neil Stephenson’s Snow Crash novel manuscript where the metaverse term was first coined over 30 years ago. This auction is part of a series called “Infocalypse” – an open edition collection of digital art created in commemoration of Snow Crash’s 30th anniversary – which will go live on Feb. 27th and feature six physical and six digital items. The expected price range for the manuscript is between $100,00 to $200,000.

Other Items Up For Auction

In addition to the Snow Crash manuscript, Sotheby’s will also be auctioning NFT images of Dioxin Posse – a graphic novel that preceded Snow Crash – as well as other items such as the original cover art for the 1993 mass-market paperback edition and a sword modeled after that used by the protagonist in story.

Snow Crash Novel Success

Snow Crash has sold more than one million copies across North America so far and continues to be popular with readers today. This has led to blockchain-based metaverses continuing to attract innovators from all sectors of the global economy, with non-fungible tokens (NFTs) playing a vital role in them.

Digital Collectibles Market Growth

Researchers have predicted that due to NFTs playing such an important role, this digital collectibles market could hit $1 trillion mark by 2032.


The upcoming Sotheby’s Infocalypse collection promises to be an exciting event for fans of Neal Stephenson’s work and those who are interested in blockchain technology alike!