NFTs are changing the way we think about art, and investors are taking notice. Over the past year, NFT have been at the forefront of the cryptocurrency arena. Artists have taken advantage of the opportunity offered by NFTs by establishing the scarcity of digital items in the real world.
NFT platforms such as Nifty Gateway and OpenSea have seen record trading volumes as everyone tries to educate themselves with this booming asset class.
But it’s not just the level of curiosity that increases. Individual NFTs fetch astronomical prices, with artists such as Beeple making headlines for breaking sales records. With that in mind, we explore the 10 most expensive NFT arts ever sold.
10. Save Thousands of Lives – Sold for $4.5 Million
Save Thousands of Lives is an NFT created by Noora Health, a South Asian non-profit organization that helps people at risk live longer. The artwork was sold for 1,337 ETH (about $4.5 million) in May 2021. Instead, the funds were used to support the organization’s efforts to save babies’ lives.
9. It Changed Everything – Sold for $5.4 Million
This Changed Everything is an NFT of one of the early versions of the Massive Worldwide Web’s source code. On June 30, 2021, Sotheby’s sold it to an unidentified buyer for $5.4 million.
The NFT includes a note from Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee, an English software engineer and creator of the Internet, as well as a graphic poster of the code he wrote and timestamped documents commemorating the evolution of the Internet in its times. initials. .
8. Beeple, crossroads – Sold for $6.6 million
Crossroad, an animated NFT, was created by Mike Winkelmann, better known by his art handle Beeple. It shows former US President Donald Trump lying in a field, surrounded by passers-by.
It was listed on Nifty Gateway for $6.6 million in February 2021, but the deal was finalized in the secondary market.
7. Art Blocks, Ringtones #109 – Sold for $6.93 million
Ringers #109 from the Art Blocks collection is a valuable generative work of art. It is created from a total of 99,000 Art Block NFTs.
In October 2021, Ringers #109 was purchased for 2,100 ETH, or $6.93 million, according to Dappradar.
6. Xcopy: Right Click and Save as Guy — Sold for 7.09 Million
Right-Click and Save as Guy is an NFT artwork that was sold to Comozo de Medici for 1,600 ETH ($7.09 million) on the decentralized SuperRare marketplace on December 10.
Remarkably, the identity of the acquirer is none other than Snoop Dogg, world-renowned hip hop superstar.
5. Larva Labs, CryptoPunk #3100 – Sold for $7.58 million
CryptoPunk #3100 is part of the 9 Alien Punks collection, and it is one of the most expensive Alien Punks ever sold, costing slightly more than CryptoPunk #7804. #3100 is an alien with a blue and white helmet.
Only 406 out of 10,000 CryptoPunks wear a headband, which is worth noting. It was first released in 2017, and after landing a $2 million bid in March 2021, it quickly gained fame, eventually selling for $7.58 million that same month.
4. Larva Labs, CryptoPunk #7523 – Sold for $11.75 million
CryptoPunks are a series of randomly generated NFT avatars based on the Ethereum blockchain.
London auction house Sotheby’s sold CryptoPunk #7523, also known as “Covid Alien”, for $11.75 million on June 20, 2021, making it the most expensive CryptoPunk ever sold. The NFT was part of a group of 9 “alien punks”, a rare alien species.
3. Beeple, Human One – Sold for $29.98 million
The Human One, a dynamic and life-giving sculpture, was created by Beeple. It features an astronaut traveling through changing environments, and that can change depending on the artist – Beeple promised to “upgrade” the Human over their lifetime, so the art never stagnates.
introducing HUMAN ONE pic.twitter.com/eysmH6WkOY— beeple (@beeple) October 28, 2021
Christie’s generated a lot of interest in the project, but crypto billionaire Ryan Zurrer ended up buying it for $29,985,000 on December 9, 2021.
2. Everyday: First 5,000 Days – Sold for $69 Million
Everydays: The First 5000 Days is an NFT artwork created by computer artist Michael Winkelmann, better known as Beeple. The work was sold at auction at Christie’s, with a starting bid of around $100 from traditional buyers.
Crypto enthusiasts, on the other hand, immediately increased their stakes. Beeple was well known in the crypto art community for its six-figure sales, such as Crossroads, so the coin only took an hour to soar to over $1 million, with the end result being $69 million for the play, which ended on February 21. 2021.
Everydays: The First 5000 Days is an important work in the NFT community as it introduced the notion of non-fungible assets to a wider audience. The artwork was purchased by MetaKovan, the pseudonymous creator of Metapurse, an NFT investment company. He wants everyone to download and copy the expensive artwork he bought. He supports unlimited access to information because he believes in it.
1. The Merger – Sold for $91.8 million
Pak, an unidentified digital artist, created The Merge, a piece of computer art. It was auctioned for $91.8 million on the decentralized NFT Nifty Gateway marketplace on December 6, 2021. The coin, on the other hand, was split into 312,686 coins and distributed to 28,983 people. The problem is that The Merge was a unique work of art made up of a collection of “masses” that buyers could buy.
These parts could be hoarded and resold on the secondary market in greater mass. At the end of the sale, the total amount spent was $91.8 million, making it the most expensive NFT ever sold.