In March 2021, Artnet News produced a list of the most expensive NFT artworks ever to be sold, with Beeple’s Everydays – The First 5000 Days topping the list by selling for a whopping $69 million. This sale took place on March 11, propelling the artist, Mike Winkelmann, to third place on the list of the most valuable living artists in terms of auction prices.
CryptoPunks and Bored Ape Yacht Club are currently the most costly NFT collections. Created by Larva Labs, a New-York based software company run by Matt Hall and John Watkinson, CryptoPunks are uniquely produced pixel art figures on the Ethereum blockchain. In June 2017, a total of 10,000 CryptoPunks were generated using code. Initially, anyone with an ETH wallet could get them for free. They have, however, become part of a booming resale market, commanding a broad variety of prices. Out of the 10,000 figures, only 9 alien figures were created. If you’re looking to get your (digital) hands on one of these aliens, this will set you back a cool $5.59 million.
The Bored Ape Yacht Club is a collection of 10,000 unique bored ape NFTs, each with its own personality and aesthetic. The Bored Ape Yacht Club is a hugely popular collection, with star-studded owners such as Jimmy Fallon, Steph Curry, and Post Malone. The current entrance price – that is, the lowest price for a Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT – is 52 ether, or $210,000, which incidentally was sold by accident for $3,000.