Digital artist Beeple is "a rich man" after his non-fungible token sold for nearly $70 million at auction, Noah Davis, a postwar and contemporary art specialist at Christie's, told CNBC on Thursday.

Davis made the comments in an interview on "Power Lunch" after the bidding window at Christie's closed earlier Thursday. Beeple's NFT — a collage of images titled "Everydays: The First 5,000 Days" — sold for $69,346,250, according to Christie's.

In a tweet, the auction house said the sale price positioned Beeple, whose real name is Mike Winkelmann, to be "among the top three most valuable living artists." Christie's was the first major auction house to sell a purely digital piece of art.

"Mike Winkelmann is a rich man today," Davis told CNBC. "He's always been rich in spirit. ... I'm really proud of him."

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