The market for NFT is booming — everyone from Mark Cuban to Paris Hilton to Taco Bell has gotten in on the action.
Since NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are mostly bought and sold via cryptocurrency transactions that are tied to the blockchain, which is by nature decentralized, rounding up the highest-value individual sales can be challenging. But reporting and data from the crypto-art auction site Nifty Gateway, here are some of the highest-value NFT transactions to date.
Nyan Cat by Chris, on Foundation – $590,000
Just opened up the flood gates to the future of meme economy in the Crypto universe, no big deal~
But seriously, thanks for believing in Nyan Cat all these years. I hope this inspires future artists to get into #NFT universe so they can get proper recognition for their work! pic.twitter.com/JX7UU9VSPb
— ☆Chris☆ (@PRguitarman) February 19, 2021
An NFT featuring the popular piece of internet history that is the Nyan Cat meme sold for 300 ETH, or about $590,000, in February. Its reported that a 24-hour auction took place on Foundation, a platform for crypto art.
THE COMPLETE MF COLLECTION by Beeple, on Nifty Gateway – $777,777.77
THE COMPLETE MF COLLECTION
THIS IS IT! The last auction of the day, which includes each of the 20 auction pieces in it. Ends at 6 pm ET.
— Nifty Gateway (@niftygateway) December 13, 2020
This NFT sale is unusual because it includes a physical component as well as the blockchain-based art. This collection of Beeple’s art includes many of the digital artist’s pieces along with a “physical artifact of the NFT featuring a signed, numbered titanium backplate.” Beeple even included a hair sample.
Hairy by Steve Aoki, on Nifty Gateway – $888,888.88
Earlier this month, musician Steve Aoki collaborated with Antoni Tudisco to produce this high-value NFT with a clip of Aoki’s music and a dancing blue-and-purple figure. When it sold on March 8, it was a record-breaking single sale for Nifty Gateway.
Not Forgotten, But Gone by WhIsBe, on Nifty Gateway – $1 million
— IV Gallery LA (@ivgalleryla) March 17, 2021
This 16-second clip of a spinning gold skeleton gummy bear sold for $1 million on Nifty Gateway. Artist WhIsBe sells several different gummy bear-based NFTs on the platform as well.
Auction Winner Picks Name by SSX3LAU, on Nifty Gateway – $1.33 million
More info about the auction!
Auction winner chooses song name and receives full music video. The auction winner will receive edition #1 of the 9999$ open editions. After the auction has ended, the titles for both the 1/1 and and the OE will change to the title of your choosing. pic.twitter.com/CBBTyqG1Cy
— slimesunday (@grimemonday) March 12, 2021
Electronic music artist 3LAU has gotten into the NFT game and made a major sale in collaboration with Slimesunday. This sale allows the winner of the auction to name the song that plays in the music video NFT.
CryptoPunk #6965, on Larva Labs – $1.54 million
— CryptoPunks Bot (@cryptopunksbot) February 19, 2021
This token, which features a funky fedora, became the third-highest CryptoPunk sale to date when it was last sold on February 19. Several other CryptoPunk tokens have crossed the $1 million threshold, depending on the valuation of the crypto-currency at the time of sale. Find the full list here.
First Tweet by Jack Dorsey, on Valuables – $2.5 million or more
just setting up my twttr
— jack (@jack) March 21, 2006
Though the auction closes on March 21, Jack Dorsey’s sale of the first-ever Tweet as an NFT is sure to break the top 10; the current bid is $2.5 million, and it’s been stagnant since March 6. Dorsey announced the auction earlier this month and plans to donate the proceeds to charity.
CROSSROAD by Beeple, at Nifty Gateway – $6.66 million
The #1/1 from beeple's first NG drop has just resold on the secondary market for $6.6 million.
History has just been made.
— Nifty Gateway (@niftygateway) February 25, 2021
On February 24, the digital art platform Nifty Gateway announced on Twitter that a work from Beeple netted $6.6 million on the secondary sale market, brokered through the Nifty Gateway buying services. The NFT features an anti-Trump message.
— CryptoPunks Bot (@cryptopunksbot) March 11, 2021
These tradable CryptoPunk collectibles were both sold on March 11 for a value of 4.2k Ethereum, marking the top two sales of all time for CryptoPunk tokens. The Larva Labs website describes the CryptoPunks as “unique collectible characters with proof of ownership stored on the Ethereum blockchain.”
“Everydays: The First 5,000 Days” by Beeple, at Christie’s – $69 million
Beeple | The First 5000 Days is open for bidding until11 March at 10am EST! 💥
.#beeple #digitalart #beeplepeople #digitalartist #artist #art #thefirst5000days #nft #blockchainart #blockchain @beeple_crap pic.twitter.com/o7MfsPyxTf
— Christie's (@ChristiesInc) February 26, 2021
The highest-value NFT sale to date. Is a piece by crypto-artist Beeple put on auction at Christie’s. It was the first NFT to be sold. At the historic auction house and pointed to a newfound institutional legitimacy for the burgeoning market. The art piece, titled “Everydays: The First 5000 Days,” was a compilation of 5,000 pieces of Beeple’s work.