So, in 2021 the NFT space became the most prolific sector of blockchain, topping $40 billion volume in transactions. And this year, experts believed that the NFT market would be more explosive, as NFTs are selling at ridiculous prices, and we made a list. Before everything else, here’s a disclaimer.
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Also, at the end of this article, you’ll discover an NFT that never looked like a typical digital art but still broke the charts as the most expensive NFT sold. Then, enough words, let’s dive in.
#10 A Coin for the Ferryman
A Coin for the Ferryman, an NFT created by XCopy, which had been originally bought for $139 in 2018. However, three years later, the same NFT would be sold for $6 million, almost 45 thousand times its previous price
Crossroads was a phenomenal surreal digital art made to an NFT and was created by a world-renown artist Mike Winkelmann, aka. Beeple. The photo portrayed the artist’s sentiment toward the 2020 US Presidential election in the form of a 10 seconds video. This quite controversial NFT had actually sold for $6.6 million to an anonymous buyer.
#8 CryptoPunk #7804
This one NFT project had literally blown up the NFT space. Being one of the first NFT Projects in Ethereum Blockchain, many of the CryptoPunk first NFT owners were clueless about what would happen next. It was until CryptoPunk #7804, which depicts a blue alien with a hat and a pipe, was sold for $7.6 million.
#7 CryptoPunk #3100
Talking about the same NFT project, just a day after CryptoPunk #7804 was sold, another ‘blue alien with a blue sporting headband instead,’ the CryptoPunk #3100 has also been sold for $7.67 million..
#6 CryptoPunk #7523
The third-rarest in the CryptoPunk series, that even got in the famous auction house Sotheby’s, CryptoPunk #7523. Yes, it’s another ‘blue alien,’ but it was the only one that had a mask in the entire collection. Don’t be surprised, as the final auction price actually reached $11.75 million.
#5 CryptoPunk #5822
CryptoPunk #5822, this fore sure was the most expensive CryptoPunk NFT sold ever. And since this project had started, it had more than $9 billion in trading volume transacted. But again, CryptoPunk #5822 was another blue alien wearing a blue bandana and was sold for $23 million.
#4 HUMAN ONE
HUMAN ONE, a masterpiece NFT described as a”generative work of art which seamlessly evolve creatively over the course of its artist lifetime”. This NFT showed another side of Beeple’s unique creativity and his way of conveying his message. His art portrays different emotions about how we humans would possibly be in future. This NFT got sold for $28.9 million.
Clock, this NFT had counted down the days since Assange, founder of Wikileaks, had been imprisoned. So, Pak, a renowned artist, created this NFT to fund their legal defence of Assange. Later on, a group of people pooled their money and bought the NFT with a price tag of $52.7 million.
#2 The First 5000 Days
The First 5000 Days, this was another Beeple’s NFT creation and the most expensive NFT ever sold to a sole owner. It was made of a collage of Beeple’s artworks he made every day for 5000 days straight. This digital jpeg had an image size of 21,069 × 21,069 pixels, so you could actually zoom in on each individual high res artwork on that collage. And this NFT was purchased for $69.3 million.
#1 The Merge
The Merge, so even Beeple himself considered the creator of this NFT as his mentor. Undoubtedly, Pak was viewed by many as a godly artist in the NFT space. Though this particular NFT that he created never looked like typical digital art, as it was just a sphere. Still, many NFT enthusiasts considered it a “Code on art.” Eventually, it became the most expensive NFT with multiple owners, as around 30,000 people bought the only NFT that could actually merge together.
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To be continued…