Here’s a list of the top ten most expensive NFTs (non-funtible tokens) ever sold.
Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology experienced massive growth in market capitalization and infrastructure development in 2021.
One of the things that caught the attention of both the crypto community and the wider mainstream audience was the rise in popularity of non-fungible (NFTs).
They saw exponential growth in 2020, as the digital space began to be reshaped by the blockchain. Anything could be tokenized and turn into an NFT.
With billions of dollars flowing into the industry, let’s take a look at some the most expensive NFT’s ever sold.
10. Save Thousands of Lives - $4.5 Million
Save Thousands of Lives (NFT) is an NFT created and designed by Noora Health, which aims to save the lives of at- risk patients in South Asia. The artwork was sold at auction for $4.5 million (1337 ETH). The profits were allocated towards the organization’s program aimed to save newborn babies.
This Changed Everything is an NFT with the source code used for the earliest versions of Internet. It was sold on June 30, 2021, for $5.4M to an anonymous buyer via Sotheby‘s.
The NFT comes bundled with several perks for the owners, including a letter from Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a digital poster of his code, and time-stamp documents recording the history of Internet in its early days.
Crossroad is an animated NFR created by Mike Winkelman, better known for his art pseudonym Beeple. It features the former president of the United States (Donald Trump) lying on a field while bystanders look away from him.
It was sold for $6.6 million on Nifty Gateway in February 2021, but the sale was executed on the secondary market.
Ringers #109, a generative art collectable from the Art Blocks collection, is an example of a generative art piece. It consists of 99,000 Art Blocks.
Ringers #109 (2,100 ETH) was sold for $6.93 million USD in October 2021.
Right-click and save as guy is an NFT image sold for 1,600 ETH on the Decentralized Marketplace Superrare, worth 7.09 million on December 10 to ComozodeMedici.
CryptoPunk #3001 is part of the 9 alien punks series, and it is slightly above CryptoPunk#7004 as one of the most costly alien punks sold to date. #3100 is an alien wearing a red and white headband.
It’s important to note that only 406 of the 1,000 CryptoPunks wear a headband. It was first released back in 2017 and rose to fame with a $2 million offer in March 2021, eventually selling for $7.58 million in that same month. The NFT is now available for purchase for $100 million (around 35000 ETH).
The CryptoPunks collection is an NFT collection consisting of unique characters created from the Ethereum blockchain.
On June 21st, 2021, London’s auction house Sothebys saw CryptoPunk #7,523 sell for $11.75 million. It was the most expensive CryptoPunks ever sold. The NFT belonged a series of rare aliens called Alien Punks.
The Human One is a dynamic, life-creating sculpture created by Beeples. The Human One shows an astronaut wandering across shifting environments, and can change depending on the artist – Beeple has promised to keep updating the piece during his lifetime, which means the art will never be static.
Everyday: The First 5000 Days (NFT) is an artwork created by Michael Winkelmann, a digital artist know as Beeple. It was auctioned at Christie’s with a starting bid of $100 made by traditional buyers.
But the larger bids came shortly by crypto-enthusiasts. Beeple was known within the crypto art community with 6-figure sales like Crossroads, so it only needed an hour for the piece’s value to skyrocket to more than a million dollars, with the final result coming in at $69 million for the finished piece on the 21st of Febuary 2021.
The First 5000 Days was an important artwork in the blockchain community as it paved the road for mainstream audiences to explore fungible assets.
The Merge is a digital art piece created by an anonymous digital artists called Pak. It was sold on Dec. 6, 2021 for $91.8M on the NFT decentralized market Nifty Gateway. However, the piece was broken down to 312,686 pieces distributed to 28,983 buyers. The catch here is the fact that The Merge was a collection of masses that users could buy.
You could stockpile these pieces to make a bigger mass for sale on the secondary market. At the end of the sale of the most expensive NFT ever, a total of $92 million was spent.