NFTs are changing the way we think about art and investors have started to pay attention, in the past year, NFTs have been at the forefront of the cryptocurrency arena. NFTs make it possible to establish the scarcity of digital objects in the real world, and artists have seized the opportunity that technology provides.
The year 2021 has seen a significant surge in interest around NFTs, with Google search interest in the term reaching the highest figures ever, and NFT marketplaces such as Nifty Gateway and OpenSea, posting record trading volumes as everyone seeks to familiarize themselves with this emerging asset class.
But it is not only the interest that is increasing. Individual NFTs are selling for huge sums of money, with artists like Beeple making headlines for breaking sales records. With this in mind, we take a look at some of the most ridiculously expensive NFTs ever sold.
Beeple has become, in addition to a forerunner of digital art, one of the main exponents behind the artistic approach to NFTs, a fact that is highlighted by also having the second largest sale of an NFT in 2021, when his work Human One sold for $29 million at a Christies auction.
The NFT is a work of generative art with movement, which represents the concept of the first human born in the Metaverse, a hybrid piece between the physical and digital world, which will be updated by Beeple in the future, as he explained, an unprecedented feature that It arises thanks to blockchain technology.
Heading the list of CryptoPunks, who enjoy a large active participation among the most outstanding sales of the year for NFTs is Punk #7523, one of the few ‘Alien’ characters in the collection, who was part of the auction ‘Natively Digital’ of the popular auction house, Sotheby’s, and sold for 11.7 million dollars.
One of the rarest CryptoPunks, one of the mono versions, Punk #4156, was sold for 10.4 million dollars, approximately the price of 2,500 ETH that was paid at the time. This Punk is the most expensive CryptoPunk sold natively to date, since as we saw earlier, Punk #7523 was sold through an auction house.
Right-Click and Save as Guy
In 2018, the artist XCopy created a GIF format NFT called Right-Click and Save as Guy, which became one of the most expensive of 2021, selling for 1,600 ETH in early December through the digital collectible market, SuperRare, and that by then meant about 7.08 million dollars.
Everydays: The First 5000 Days
Without a doubt, the NFTs main topic of discussion in 2021 was the sale of The First 5000 Days of digital artist, Beeple, which sold for a whopping 69.3 million dollars, to through an auction at Christies.
The digital work, which encompasses Beeple’s daily work for 13 years, captured the attention of the media and especially of the artists, who visualized an interesting model to explore, giving impetus to crypto art. The First 5000 Days is the most expensive individual digital collectible of 2021 and in history for the fledgling sector.