NFTs, or Non-Fungible Tokens, are gradually becoming popular, as investors and collectors look to get involved in the latest blockchain trend. Some of the prices being paid for them are just insane!
Making a list of the best NFT sales is tougher than it seems. But, in this article, we have tried to curate a list of the Top 10 NFT Sales of all time. Most rankings of art and artists come down to personal taste. After all, art is subjective curated list is purely based on pricing and popularity.
All-time top 10 NFT Sales
These are the biggest single NFT sales to ever happen
Here we go,
Number #1 Pak The Merge
The Merge officially became the most expensive NFT ever sold on December 2, 2021, with almost 30,000 collectors pitching together for a total cost of $91.8M in NFT sales.
Anonymous NFT artist Pak, formerly known as Murat Pak, who some believe is actually a part of a team of people, who have been active in the digital art space for years.
Pak’s NFT art has skyrocketed ever since entering the NFT space. Pak is recognized as the NFT artist behind the most expensive NFT collection ever.
Number #2 Beeple
A Beeple piece and one of the most expensive NFT Sale ever sold to one sole owner — and there’s a good reason for it.
Beeple’s artwork is so high-tier and highly respected within the digital community. This is because they offer something slightly different from the regular NFTs, and this piece is essentially a collage of 5000 pieces of his work.
Starting from 2007, he pledged to create one piece of art every day, and the ends justify the means.
Beeple’s Crossroad is just a short, 10-second movie of sorts, portraying people walking past a large, fallen body with insults written all over it.
Keeping in line with the prolific work ethic that made every day possible, Beeple continues to cement his place as one of the most famous and acclaimed NFT artists.
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Number #3 Clock
‘Clock’ is another piece created by Pak along with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The art is literally like a clock, counting the days Assange has been imprisoned.
The ultimate goal of the NFT was to raise funds for Assange’s legal defense and was eventually purchased by AssangeDAO.
A collection of over 10,000 people funding their money to purchase the NFT and support Assange in the process.
Number #4 Beeple’s Human one
HUMAN ONE sold on November 9, 2021, for a fee just short of $30m, closely linked to his previous piece ‘Everyday’.
Beeple’s “HUMAN ONE” is an NFT like no other. As the first-ever physical piece from the acclaimed artist, both the NFT and the electronic sculpture went up in auction as a single lot via Christie’s 21st Century Evening Sale.
Considering the massive NFT sales of Beeple’s every day, many were unsure what this new, constantly-evolving digital masterpiece would fetch at auction.
Yet, as Christie’s has continued to help legitimize and sustain NFTs as true works of art, it’s no wonder that Beeple’s HUMAN ONE would be second only to Beeple himself in comparison to 2021 NFT sales.
Number #5 CryptoPunk #5822
Continuing in the trend of super-expensive NFT sales. The alien-style Crypto punk featuring a blue bandana, #5822 shattered all expectations when it sold for over $23m on February 12, 2022
Because it’s one of only nine aliens in the collection, it was going to sell at a high price. The buyer is the CEO of Chain, Deepak Thapliyal.
He tweeted an image of his punk after the NFT purchase. It came close to being the highest selling NFT at the time of the NFT sale, but it missed the mark by just a few million.
Number #6 Cryptopunk #7523
Popular as the “COVID Alien” due to its facemask trait, CryptoPunk #7523 was one of the largest NFT sales of 2021.
However, it’s important to remember that the blockchain does not reflect this prominent sale, as it occurred as part of Sotheby’s Natively Digital auction in June.
The original minter of #7523, Straybits, and the Punk’s second-ever collector, Sillytuna, are both important parts of the NFT community. Thus, the NFT sales were seen as a huge win for the NFT ecosystem and also as a major boost toward mainstream NFT adoption.
Number #7 Cryptopunk #4156
The list appears to be largely dominated by the ever-popular CryptoPunks, and why not? #4156 ranks as the third most expensive CryptoPunk of all time.
This punk was bought on December 9, 2021, just 10 months after a $1.25m in NFT sales. Now, that’s an impressive return on investment!
Because bandana ape #4156 had become synonymous with the personality of prominent NFT influencer and builder Punk4156, when the NFT sales happened, it felt almost like the end of an era within the NFT community.
These NFT sales marked a significant turning point in the CryptoPunk ecosystem. The legendary Larva Labs project had long been remarked as one of the most important NFT collections in existence, however, issues surrounding Larva Labs’ copyright policies — which Punk4156 has taken big issue with — were the reason behind both declines that is, significant trade and Punk prices.
Number #8 Crypto Punk #3100
On March 11, 2021, sold along with punk #7804 sold, #3100 became even more expensive than its crypto brother. This also happened to be the last on-chain alien Punk sale of the year 2021.
#3100 is the seventh most rare CryptoPunk out there, and obviously influential Punk — similar to #8857, but no one came forward to give this high-profile NFT a personality through social media.
Number #9 CryptoPunk #7804
CryptoPunk #7804 is one of just nine ‘Alien’ CryptoPunks collections. It has a cool cap, pipe, and shades to boot.
This NFT was one of two major alien Punk sales to happen on March 11, 2021. Purchased for the equivalent of $7.5 million at the time, the 4,200 ETH price tag went to nearly $17 million at 2021 year-end.
The significance of this purchase goes far beyond the price of this punk though. Immediately after the Punk changed hands, we got to witness the birth of an NFT collector and social media influencer.
Number #10 Ringers
Dmitri Cherniak’s piece, which is formally known as “Ringers,” is one of the most beloved collections to come from the prestigious and well-known generative art platform Art Blocks Curated.
Being one of the first projects to launch in 2021, the historical value of Cherniak’s endeavor to enter into the expensive NFT bull market made the sale of Ringers #109 a lot more interesting.
Having observed nearly $100 million in all-time secondary trading volume, Ringers has continued to exist as a generative art favorite within the NFT community. Even with the controversy surrounding Cherniak’s original inspiration for the project, Ringers has continued to see massive spikes in its NFT sales.
These were the top 10 NFT sales according to our assessment but surely there are many were many artists and artworks that were left out of the list here are a couple of popular mentions :
Tyler Hobbs- Incomplete Control collection
Hobbs is one of the best artists working in generative blockchain art. He has a distinctive style that features different colored blocks set against an off-white backdrop.
Interestingly, Hobbs’ Incomplete Control collection sold out way before the art was even revealed!
XCOPY– Right Click and Save as Guy
Like man anonymous artists XCOPY has been in the game of digital art way long before NFTs came along. The legend of XCOPY’s “Right-click and Save As Guy” goes way back, beyond the days of our current NFT ecosystem. It was minted years ago i.e. Dec. 6, 2018.
The iconic piece helped change the public perception about NFTs when it was featured on BBC World News, shortly after Beeple’s landmark every day’s auction. What is interesting is that the artist has some major NFT influencers in his collector base, that includes Cozomo de’ Medici and Punk #6529.
XCOPY’s work generally follows a pattern such as a nightmarish theme. It features skulls and strobe lighting. The latest work of XCopy- “All Time High in the City” sold for 1,630 ETH in January 2022, just a few months after initially selling for 1,000 ETH.
There’s no doubt that NFTs are growing. In fact, they are getting more and more popular as time goes on, Needless to say, if you mint into the right projects and be patient enough, you might be hanging on to a nice little NFT piece fortune down the line.
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