NFTs were the greatest craze surrounding the digital world in 2021. Since early March, deals worth millions of dollars have been completed with the most expensive NFTs. Creators, collectors, and investors have also thronged the NFT market, which saw the activities in this blockchain application sharply rise. Here are the top 10 most expensive NFTs sold ever.
- Everydays: The First 5000 Days by Beeple – $69.3 million
Everydays: The First 5000 Days is a digital artwork created by the digital artist Mike Winkelmann, professionally known as Beeple. The art is a collection of 5000 digital images rated by the same artist during his Everydays series challenge. In March 2021, this artwork was sold in an auction by the Unit Kingdom’s auction house Christie’s for a record high fee of $69.3 million. It has remained the most expensive NFT, and one of the most expensive artwork ever sold. The artwork was bought by Vignesh Sundaresan (aka MetaKovan). Beeple began the mission of creating this artwork in 2017 and added an artwork a day into the collection until he hit 5000 artworks
- Human One – $29 million
Human One is another NFT artwork by Mike Winkelmann that recently broke the bank in the NFT market. It is of a hybrid digital and physical art of kinetic video sculpture. The artwork is presented in a 3D digital lightbox made of four LED screens. It is designed to continuously display artwork that evolves over time.
Human One was auctioned by Christie’s for $29 million on November November 9, 2021, making it the second most expensive NFT after Everydays: The First 5000 Days by the same artist.
- CryptoPunk #7523 by Larva Labs – $11.7 million
CryptoPunk #7523 is a member of the CryptoPunk family, which consists of 10,000 unique computer-generated pixel images of characters. They are majorly punky-looking males and females, however, a few rare types of apes, zombies, and odd aliens exist too. The arts are created by Lava Labs.
CryptoPunk #7523 is of the nine alien CryptoPunks hence rarer. This Punk was created by John Watkinson and Matt Hall from Larva Labs. On June 10, 2021, CryptoPunk #7523 sold for $11.75 million at Sotheby’s “Natively Digital” auction. The buyer was Shalom Meckenzie, an Israeli entrepreneur making it one of the most expensive NFTs of all time.
- CryptoPunk #3100 by Larva Labs – $7.58 million
Another member of the nine Alien Punks comes fourth in terms of the most valuable NFT ever sold. Unlike the other two previous punks, the accessories of CryptoPunk #3100 have fewer accessories. They are only wearing a headband. This NFT was sold in March 2021 for a whopping $7.58 million. The owner has gone ahead to list it for sale with an original sale price of $132.96 million.
- CryptoPunk #7804 by Larva Labs – $7.56 million
CryptoPunk #7804 is is another member of the CryptoPunk collection. Theis art is also one of the rare nine Alien punks. However, instead of a medical mask of CryptoPunk #7523, the art wears small shades and a cap facing down. It also has a pipe in his mouth. In January 2018, CryptoPunk #7804 sold for $14,988 and later was resold for 4,200 Ethereum (ETH); the equivalent of $7.5 million, in March 2021. The buyer goes by the name Peruggie on Twitter.
- Crossroad by Beeple – $6.6 million
Crossroad is another art by Beeple that sold for millions of dollars. The 10-second video artwork that features the 2020 U.S. was sold on Nifty Gateway for $6.6 million for an anonymous buyer. It features people walking past a giant body of former U.S. President Donald Trump lying prostate in a body graffitied with negative and sarcastic remarks. The Twitter bird patches on his soldier with a clown-filled speech bubble above it. The art was designed such that it would change based on the outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
- XCopy’s A Coin for the Ferryman – $6.03 million
“A coin For the Ferryman” is a one-of-a-kind NFT artwork by London-based renowned artist XCOPY, which sold for $6.03 million by SuperRare user @0xclipse. This piece is one of the earliest creations by the renowned artist, dating back to 2018 when he first minted it. The art was sold in November 2021.
- Ocean Front – $6 Million
“Ocean Front,” is an art of a tree above trailers and cargo containers sitting above the water in the middle of the ocean. The art is relating to the current climate change. Ocean Front is another work by Beeple that has made it in the top 10 most expensive NFTs. The art was sold in Nifty Gateway in March 2021 to Justin Sun, the CEO and founder of the cryptocurrency platform TRON for $6 million.
- CryptoPunk #5217 by Larva Labs – $5.59 million
CryptoPunk #5217 is another member of the Punk NFT collection. However, unlike the other CryptoPunks covered in this ranking, this art is not an alien punk. Instead, it forms part of the 24 Ape Punks collection. It wears a knitted cap and a gold chain, as its special accessories. The art was officially released by Lava Labs in 2017 and became one of the most expensive NFTs when it was sold to an anonymous buyer for $5.59 million in 2021.
- This Changed Everything by Sir Tim Berners-Lee – $5.43 million
“This Changed Everything” is a short video of a worldwide web’s source code, which is treated as a historical artifact. The NFT contains the original time-stamped files with a source code written by Sir Time Berners-Lee, a moving visualization of about 10,000 lines of code, a digital poster of the full code created from the original files, and a letter written by Sir. Tim Berners-Lee reflecting on the code. The line of codes remains fundamental to the internet protocol world – WWW, HTML, HTTP, and URLs. Sotheby’s sold the NFT to an anonymous buyer for $5.43 million in an auction held in June 2021.
These are the most expensive NFTs sold in the crypto market so far. However, the market continues to grow, and it is easy to predict that more valuable deals will be completed in this relatively new market.