“Everydays: The First 5000 Days,” a photo collage by Beeple, is probably the most famous NFT today.
And that’s after it sold for an incredible $69.3 million at Christie’s auction in March 2021, bagging the title of the most expensive NFT ever- at least for a time.
Five months earlier, Beeple had never sold his digital art for more than $100.
Since Beeple and even before, NFTs have sold for millions of dollars, with one even dethroning Beeple’s art as the most expensive yet.
So, buckle up as we count down the ten most expensive NFTs sold yet:
#10: CryptoPunk #3100 — $7.57M
If this is the first time you’ve heard about CryptoPunks, they are a collection of 10,000 uniquely-generated characters created by Larva Labs studio on the Ethereum blockchain.
They are considered the “OGs” of NFTs.
CryptoPunk #3100 is one of 9 alien punks in the collection.
It is also one of 333 punks that has one attribute- a headband.
This NFT was bought for $7.57 million in March 2021 and is currently on sale for a whopping $105.16 million.
#9: CryptoPunk #5577 — $7.7M
Yes, there will be a couple of CryptoPunks on this list.
One of only 24 ape punks, this ‘cowboy’ NFT became one of the most expensive CryptoPunk sales when it was bought for $7.7 million by Compound DeFi protocol’s founder, Robert Leshner.
#8: CryptoPunk #4156 — $10.28M
This is one of the most recognizable characters in the collection.
It’s also an ape punk but dons a signature blue bandana.
Previously owned by a well-known NFT collector, this character was sold in December of 2021 for a little over $10.2 million.
The popular collector cited Larva Labs’ controversial copyright policies as the reason for the sale and not really the hefty amount that they received from it.
#7: Tpunk #3443 — $10.5M
CryptoPunks, like any great project, don’t come without imitations.
And sometimes, imitations can turn out to be quite valuable too.
Tpunks is a collection of NFTs that are CryptoPunks-inspired.
Like the latter, the Tpunks collection consists of 10,000 characters.
However, they reside on the Tron blockchain.
Tpunk #3443 is a rare joker character that was sold for $10.5 million.
TRON founder cum NFT enthusiast Justin Sun.
#6: CryptoPunk #7523 — $11.75M
This is another alien punk to make it to the list.
Its three attributes include earrings, a knitted cap, and a medical mask.
This unique NFT sold for a staggering $11.75 million at Sotheby’s, making it the second most expensive CryptoPunk sale.
#5: CryptoPunk #5822 — $23.7M
CryptoPunk #5822 is unique for one reason; it’s the highest-selling CryptoPunk to date, setting a record sale of $23.7M.
The alien punk, whose attribute is a bandana, was purchased by Deepak Thapliyal, Chain’s CEO, whose moniker on Ethereum is Deepak.eth.
#4: Beeple — Human One — $28. 98M
Beeple, whose real name is Mike Winkelmann, is quickly cementing his name in the NFT game, having two multi-million-dollar art sales in 2021 alone.
The Human One is a 3D digital lightbox made of four LED screens.
In an interview ahead of the auction at Christie’s, Beeple cited a bunch of TVs on rollers in their studio rolling around in different shapes and patterns as his inspiration.
Human One sold at $28.98 million to Swiss entrepreneur Ryan Zurrer, making it the second most expensive sale for the famous artist and 4th highest NFT sale to date.
#3: Pak — Clock — $52.7M
Coming in third is Clock, an NFT project jointly created by Pak, a well-known artist/ artist collective, and Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder.
The art is essentially a digital timer that counts the number of days Assange has been in prison and was created to fund the Wikileaks founder’s legal fees.
The Clock was acquired by AssangeDAO, an organization fighting for Assange’s freedom, for nearly $53 million.
#2: Beeple — Everydays: The First 5000 Days — $69.3M
In second place is Beeple’s greatest, and most expensive, work so far.
Everydays: The First 5000 Days is a photo collage of 5,000 artworks Winkelmann started creating in 2007.
When the digital art sold for a record $69.3 million, it made headlines for being the highest ever NFT sale.
And it was for a while.
The buyer, Vignesh Sundaresan, who goes by the moniker MetaKovan, said that he could actually have paid even more for it!
#1: Pak — The Merge — $91.8M
Taking the top spot is The Merge by Pak. This unique artwork comprises three large white masses made up of numerous NFT tokens put together.
The art was sold on Nifty Gateway to 28,893 collectors who purchased 312,686 units of mass. Each unit (single NFT) sold at $575 and increased by $25 every six hours.
At the end of the three-day auction, the NFT accumulated $91.8 million, making it the most expensive art by a living artist.
Now, the NFT space is exploding. So, it wouldn’t be surprising for The Merge to lose the title to another NFT soon.
I am also launching my own NFT collection called Rich Goddess, which you may want to check out. 😉