At the beginning of 2021, NFT art was not that popular. At the point we come to the end of 2021, we see that the interest in NFTs is increasing day by day. Analysts estimate the total market cap of the NFT universe to be $7 billion.
Unique tokens created by artists are sold for millions of dollars. A new industry has emerged with existing and new artists. Prestigious auction houses like Christie’s and Sotheby’s are selling NFTs. Platforms like OpenSea and Nifty have also gained popularity.
We’ve listed the five most expensive NFTs of 2021. In addition to these five NFTs, there are many other NFTs that have received high ratings. For example, artist Beeple’s Crossroad sold for $6.6 million on Nifty, while Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s first tweet sold for $2.9 million.
Everydays: The First 5000 Days
Sale price: $69.3 million
Digital artist Mike “Beeple” Winkelmann’s Everydays: The First 5000 Days NFT tops the list of the most expensive NFTs sold in 2021. It sold for a record $69.3 million at Christie’s first digital art auction on March 11. The artifact was the first NFT to be sold in a historic auction house. A compilation of Beeple’s 5,000 pieces, his digital art in jpg format was sold for $69.4 million (approximately 523 million Turkish lira) after the auction started on February 25.
Sale price: $28.9 million
Winklemann launched Human One, his physical and digital artwork, in November. Human One, the second most expensive NFT work in the world, sold for $28.9 million at Christie’s.
The auction house described Winklemann as “one of the three most valuable artists alive.”
On January 1, 2020, the average price of an NFT was $24.98. On November 30, 2021, that figure reached $913.48.
Sale price: $11.75 million
Cryptopunks are pixel-art characters “uniquely created” on Ethereum’s blockchain by a Canadian-based developer who runs Larva Labs.
A total of 10,000 Cryptopunks were created in June 2017. Initially, these NFTs were available for free for anyone to purchase with an ETH wallet. But since then, they have become part of the burgeoning sales market and have a wide price range.
Among them, the most expensive price record belongs to Cryptopunk #7523. Published in NFT 2017. He was referred to as a “COVID alien” for wearing a mask and a surgeon’s cap. It was sold at a Sotheby’s auction for $11.75 million. Bids started at $1 million.
Sale price: $7.67 million
The second most expensive CryptoPunk is one of nine rare teal alien CryptoPunk created by Larva Labs. This CryptoPunk wears a white and blue headband that distinguishes him from the other nine aliens. Although Cryptopunk #3100 was sold in March 2021, it has been put up for sale again.
Sale price: $7.57 million
The third alien CryptoPunk to make our list, CyrptoPunk #7804, was sold to an anonymous buyer on Twitter in March 2021. CryptoPunk #7804 is among the rarest Cryptopunks in existence.
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