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Wong Kar Wai and Sotheby’s to auction unseen In The Mood For Love footage

The never-before-seen ‘day one’ footage will be sold as an NFT along with other film memorabilia

Sotheby’s is auctioning an NFT featuring 91 seconds of unseen day one footage from Wong Kar-wai’s cult classic, In the Mood for Love.

The film debuted at Cannes Film Festival in 2000, and has inspired countless films, including Barry JenkinsMoonlight and Sofia Coppola’s Lost In Translation.

“Where did the first thought of In The Mood For Love originate from? Hard to say,” Wong ruminated in a press statement.

“What’s certain was that February 13, 1999 was the first day when I put that thought into action. The first day of every film production is like the first date with your dream lover – it is filled with fright and delight, like skating on thin ice. An arrow never returns to its bow; 20 years on, this arrow is still soaring.”

The “arrow”, Wong added, “can chart a new course... in the world of blockchain,” he adds. “Here’s to more of us that will live and chase that first spark in every flash.”

In addition to new footage, the iconic yellow jacket that actor Lesley Cheung wore in 1990’s Heartbreak Tango and 30 collectibles to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Wong’s film production studio Jet Tone Films will also be on sale.

The auction will take place at the Modern Art Evening Sale in Hong Kong this October. Take a 10-second sneak peek of the NFT below. And refresh your memory of Wong’s best films here.