Over time, NFTs have become a widely accepted symbol of digital ownership and have stunned the world with their increasing popularity and market value. Also, due to their rarity, which drives demand, these digital tokens have been sold at impressive prices both in the primary and secondary markets. So, considering the prices NFTs have sold for in the past month, you may ask, what are the most popular NFTs today?
If you want the answer to this question, then keep reading. In this article, we will be discussing the top 10 NFTs, their prices, and why they are so popular.
Let’s jump right in.
- THE MERGE:
This unique digital token named ‘The Merge’ was created by an artist whose pseudonym is Pak. On the 4th of December 2021, the NFT was sold for a record-breaking $91.8 million. What brought this NFT to the spotlight other than its astounding price, was the fact that it was sold in units known as ‘mass’. This fractional art is jointly owned by a total of 28,983 collectors.
2. THE FIRST 5000 DAYS:
This NFT still holds the record for the most expensive NFT sold to a single owner. It was sold for $69.3 million to Vignesh Sundaresan commonly known as MetaKovan. It is a collage of 5000 digital images from the Everydays series by Mike Winkelmann who is professionally referred to as Beeple. This NFT is widely recognized as the first purely digital art to be sold at a major auction house like Christies. Furthermore, payment for this art was made in cryptocurrencies making it a historic moment in NFT history.
This NFT is simply a timer that depicts the number of days spent by Julian Assange in prison. It was purchased by the Assange DAO for $52.7 million. The DAO consists of more than 10,000 members who have pooled resources to free Assange and contribute to his legal defense.
4. HUMAN ONE:
Human One is a hybrid (digital and physical) work sold by Beeple for $28.9 million. This unique artwork depicts a lone astronaut striding through ever-changing worlds. It is designed to constantly evolve over time. This hybrid artwork represents a new generation of dynamic NFTs.
5. CRYPTOPUNK #5822:
Crptopunk #5822 belongs to one of the most popular NFT collections in history. This unique digital art was sold for $23.7 million to Deepal Thapliyal, CEO of the blockchain tech startup Chain. Cryptopunk #5822 is one of the 9 aliens present in the entire collection and also one of the 333 pieces wearing a bandana. These combined features make it extremely rare and therefore, high in demand. It remains the highest-selling Cryptopunk to date.
6. CRYPTOPUNK #7523:
Cryptopunk#7523 is also known as the masked alien and is one of the 9 alien punks. Even rarer, it is the only Cryptopunk to feature a mask. The NFT was created to represent how the Covid Era led to the adoption of NFTs and other applications of the blockchain. Cryptopunk#7523 was sold for $11.8 million from the Sotheby auction house.
7. CRYPTOPUNK #4156:
This NFT is one of the rare 24 ape cryptopunks and was initially purchased by an anonymous collector, Punk4156 for $1.25 million. Cryptopunk #4156 also features a bandana making it extremely special. These rare features made it high in demand and it was subsequently sold for $10.26 million in December 2021. The sale made history as the largest on-chain sale for Larva Labs.
8. CRYPTOPUNK #3100:
Cryptopunk#3100 is an alien cryptopunk with a single headband as its attribute. It is ranked as the 7th rarest cryptopunk. This NFT was purchased by an anonymous user only identified by their ethereum address. The piece was sold on March 11th, 2021 for $7.58 million.
9. CRYPTOPUNK #7804:
This NFT is also known as the pipe-smoking alien. Its features include a forward-facing cap, a pipe, and small shades. It is ranked second in the entire collection. Cryptopunk#7804 was sold for approximately $7.5 million on march 11, 2021. At that time, it was the highest priced NFT on record.
This NFT was another record-breaking sale by Beeple. It was sold for $6.6 million on the 25th of February, 2021 at Nifty Gateway, an online marketplace for digital art. The art piece was inspired by the 2020 US presidential elections and designed to present a forgotten, despondent President Trump. A specialist from Christie’s remarked that “ the piece could mark a drastic shift in what excites young collectors”.
After considering the list of NFTs that have sold for astounding prices, you might be confused about how to harness these unique tokens. What these expensive NFTs prove is that digital art is here to stay and will become a symbol of ownership, representation, and value in the years to come. Another intriguing fact about NFTs is their relationship to the metaverse. These unique tokens have become the currencies of the virtual world.
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