DEC 20, 2023
Internet-only Kbank offers virtual accounts for fractional art investors
Kbank, a neobank based in South Korea, announced on Tuesday (local time) a new service for its customers interested in art investment. According to a report by local news outlet Newsis, Kbank has introduced virtual accounts for clients investing in securities that allow fractional ownership of artworks. These virtual account numbers will mirror the mobile phone numbers of securities subscribers, making them easy to remember and use. Subscribers will utilize these accounts to deposit funds for placing bids on fractional shares of art pieces.
Yayoi Kusama’s pumpkin
This unique bidding event, a first in the nation, is scheduled to run until Dec. 22. It will feature “Pumpkin,” a 2001 artwork by renowned Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama. Artnguide, a platform operated by Yeolmae Company, is managing the event. Yeolmae Company has secured regulatory approval to issue security tokens backed by the artwork.
Total of 12,320 shares
The event offers a total of 12,320 shares, with each share having a par value of KRW 100,000, which is approximately $77. An individual participant in this event is allowed to place bids for a maximum of 300 shares.
In the Korean crypto market, Kbank is well-known for providing banking services to Upbit, the nation’s largest fiat-to-crypto exchange. In Korea, legal regulations mandate that any virtual asset service provider offering trading in Korean won must secure bank accounts from a local bank.
Kbank’s recent initiative highlights the internet-only bank’s active engagement in the blockchain industry. Presently, Kbank provides its virtual account services to 16 companies, and it is focused on expanding its partnership base. Looking ahead, the bank plans to diversify its financial offerings, exploring innovative approaches like security token offerings to broaden its services in the evolving financial landscape.