11 of the most expensive pieces of crypto art ever sold, from Beeple to Steve Aoki
- As the NFT market booms, records are constantly being broken.
- Here's a guide to some of the highest-value NFT transactions to date.
The market for crypto art is booming - everyone from Mark Cuban to Paris Hilton to Taco Bell has gotten in on the action.Since NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are mostly bought and sold via cryptocurrency transactions that are tied to the blockchain, which is by nature decentralized, rounding up the highest-value individual sales can be challenging. But per Insider's reporting and data from the crypto-art auction site Nifty Gateway, here are some of the highest-value NFT transactions to date.
Nyan Cat by Chris, on Foundation - $590,000An NFT featuring the popular piece of internet history that is the Nyan Cat meme sold for 300 ETH, or about $590,000, in February. Insider reported that a 24-hour auction took place on Foundation, a platform for crypto art.
-☆Chris☆ (@PRguitarman) February 19, 2021
THE COMPLETE MF COLLECTION by Beeple, on Nifty Gateway - $777,777.77
This NFT sale is unusual because it includes a physical component as well as the blockchain-based art. This collection of Beeple's art includes many of the digital artist's pieces along with a "physical artifact of the NFT featuring a signed, numbered titanium backplate." Beeple even included a hair sample.
-Nifty Gateway (@niftygateway) December 13, 2020
Hairy by Steve Aoki, on Nifty Gateway - $888,888.88Earlier this month, musician Steve Aoki collaborated with Antoni Tudisco to produce this high-value NFT with a clip of Aoki's music and a dancing blue-and-purple figure. When it sold on March 8, it was a record-breaking single sale for Nifty Gateway.
-Nifty Gateway (@niftygateway) March 7, 2021
Not Forgotten, But Gone by WhIsBe, on Nifty Gateway - $1 million
This 16-second clip of a spinning gold skeleton gummy bear sold for $1 million on Nifty Gateway. Artist WhIsBe sells several different gummy bear-based NFTs on the platform as well.
-IV Gallery LA (@ivgalleryla) March 17, 2021
Auction Winner Picks Name by SSX3LAU, on Nifty Gateway - $1.33 millionElectronic music artist 3LAU has gotten into the NFT game and made a major sale in collaboration with Slimesunday. This sale allows the winner of the auction to name the song that plays in the music video NFT.
-slimesunday (@grimemonday) March 12, 2021
CryptoPunk #6965, on Larva Labs - $1.54 millionThis token, which features a funky fedora, became the third-highest CryptoPunk sale to date when it was last sold on February 19. Several other CryptoPunk tokens have crossed the $1 million threshold, depending on the valuation of the crypto-currency at the time of sale. Find the full list here.
-CryptoPunks Bot (@cryptopunksbot) February 19, 2021
First Tweet by Jack Dorsey, on Valuables - $2.5 million or more
Though the auction closes on March 21, Jack Dorsey's sale of the first-ever Tweet as an NFT is sure to break the top 10; the current bid is $2.5 million, and it's been stagnant since March 6. Dorsey announced the auction earlier this month and plans to donate the proceeds to charity.
-jack (@jack) March 21, 2006
CROSSROAD by Beeple, at Nifty Gateway - $6.66 million
On February 24, the digital art platform Nifty Gateway announced on Twitter that a work from Beeple netted $6.6 million on the secondary sale market, brokered through the Nifty Gateway buying services. The NFT features an anti-Trump message.
-Nifty Gateway (@niftygateway) February 25, 2021The Larva Labs website describes the CryptoPunks as "unique collectible characters with proof of ownership stored on the Ethereum blockchain."
-CryptoPunks Bot (@cryptopunksbot) March 11, 2021
"Everydays: The First 5,000 Days" by Beeple, at Christie's - $69 million
The highest-value NFT sale to date is a piece by crypto-artist Beeple put on auction at Christie's. It was the first NFT to be sold at the historic auction house and pointed to a newfound institutional legitimacy for the burgeoning market. The art piece, titled "Everydays: The First 5000 Days," was a compilation of 5,000 pieces of Beeple's work.
-Christie's (@ChristiesInc) February 26, 2021
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