List of most expensive non-fungible tokens

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This is a list of the highest known prices possibly paid for non-fungible tokens (NFTs) representing digital assets.

Background[edit]

Monetization of digital assets as NFTs became possible with the release of Etheria, on the Ethereum blockchain, in 2015.[1] After gaining traction in late 2017, the NFT market grew quickly in 2020.[2] This continued into 2021, leading to a massive buying surge, as over $200 million worth of NFTs were traded in the first three months alone.[3]

One of the earliest NFT projects, CryptoPunks, released by LarvaLabs on the Ethereum blockchain,[4] has provided several of the most expensive NFTs.[5] There were some NFT-like projects or "proto NFTs" that pre-date CryptoPunks; Rare Pepes, for example, was released on Counterparty in 2014.[citation needed]

List of top artists by sales volume[edit]

This list is based on the volume of total potential NFT sales across platforms including Nifty Gateway, SuperRare, Foundation, hic et nunc, MakersPlace, KnownOrigin, ArtBlocks and Async Art. Total artwork value is based on the artist's market capitalization, not the artist's total sales value.[6]*

Rank Artist Total artwork value (USD) Artworks sold Highest sale Average sale
1 Pak $356,743,178.83 66320 $91,800,000.00 $5,379.20
2 Beeple $175,588,653.19 1351 $69,346,250.00 $129,969.40
3 Tyler Hobbs $101,024,939.75 1009 $175,872.55 $100,123.83
4 Dmitri Cherniak $84,798,496.18 868 $2,682,00.00 $97,694.12
5 XCOPY $94,679,456.27 9543 $5,344,623.30 $9,921.35
6 mattdesl $48,771,518.97 2070 $32,856.35 $23,561.12
7 Hackatao $34,624,985.68 4583 $932,285.00 $7,555.09
8 richlord $27,465,452.48 1423 $25,356.66 $19,301.09
9 Monica Rizzolli $26,768,212.51 1026 $26,139.28 $26,089.88
10 FEWOCiOUS $26,670,333.88 3189 $2,838,640.00 $8,363.23

List of highest prices paid[edit]

This list is ordered by consumer price index inflation-adjusted value (in bold) in millions of United States dollars in 2021.[note 1] Where necessary, the price is first converted to dollars using the exchange rate at the time the NFT was sold. The inflation adjustment may change, as recent inflation rates are often revised. A list in another currency may be in a slightly different order due to exchange-rate fluctuations. NFTs are listed only once, i.e. for the highest price sold. To maintain a manageable size, only NFTs that were sold for an adjusted price of $2 million and above are listed below.

Adjusted price
(millions of US$)
Original price
(millions of US$)
Asset Year of creation Date of sale Seller Buyer Blockchain Notes
$72.6 $69.3 Everydays: the First 5000 Days 2021 March 11, 2021 Beeple[7] Metakovan (Vignesh Sundaresan)[8] Ethereum First piece of purely NFT artwork to be offered by a major auction house Christie's.[9]
$52.7 $52.8 Clock 2022 February 9, 2022 Pak AssangeDAO Ethereum Clock is a single NFT that depicts a timer, which counts the number of days Julian Assange has spent in prison and is the most expensive NFT sold on-chain.[10]
$30.3 $28.985 HUMAN ONE 2021 November 9, 2021 Beeple[7] Ryan Zurrer Ethereum HUMAN ONE is a kinetic video sculpture with a corresponding dynamic NFT; and was auctioned at Christie's for $28,958,000.[11]
$23.7 $23.7 CryptoPunk #5822 2017 February 12, 2022 Unknown "Deepak" Ethereum Originally Released by Larva Labs. Bought by Unknown for 1641$. Resold nearly 5 years later by Unknown for $23,700,000 to "Deepak".[12]
$12.3 $11.75 CryptoPunk #7523 2017 June 10, 2021 "Sillytuna" Unknown Ethereum Originally Released by Larva Labs. Sold for $11,754,000 by Sotheby's.[13]
$8 $7.67 CryptoPunk #3100 2017 March 11, 2021 Unknown Unknown Ethereum Originally Released by Larva Labs. Sold for 4,200 ETH, one day after another 4,200 ETH sale.[9]
$7.9 $7.6 CryptoPunk #7804 2017 March 10, 2021 Unknown Unknown Ethereum One of nine Aliens on offer.[failed verification] Originally Released by Larva Labs. Sold for 4200 ETH.[9]
$6.9 $6.60 Beeple's CROSSROAD 2021 February 25, 2021 Pablo Rodriguez-Fraile Delphina Leucas (Anonymous pseudonym)[14] Ethereum Resold from the original price of $66666.60 a few months earlier in October 2020.[14]
$6.3 $6.034 XCOPY's A Coin for the Ferryman 2018 November 4, 2021 "electricmeat" "jpeggy" Ethereum XCOPY A Coin for the Ferryman is the highest sale on the Crypto art platform, SuperRare, so far.[15]
$6.3 $6.0 Beeple's OCEAN FRONT 2021 March 22, 2021 Justin Sun Justin Sun Ethereum Auctioned on the Niftygateway platform.[16]
$5.9 $5.59 CryptoPunk #5217 2017 July 30, 2021 "Snowfro" Unknown Ethereum Originally Released by Larva Labs in 2017.[17]
$5.7 $5.40 Edward Snowden's Stay Free 2021 April 16, 2021 Edward Snowden PleasrDAO Ethereum First NFT by Edward Snowden on behalf of the Freedom of Press Foundation.[18]
$5.5 $5.23 Save Thousands of Lives 2021 May 8, 2021 Noora Health Paul Graham Ethereum Sold for 1,337 ETH in this charity auction.[19]
$4.6 $4.40 Doge (meme) 2021 June 12, 2021 Atsuko Sato PleasrDAO Ethereum Highest selling meme NFT to date.[20] Sold for 1,696.69 ETH.[21]
$4.6 $4.37 CryptoPunk #2338 2017 August 6, 2021 Unknown Unknown Ethereum Published in 2017 by Larva Labs, one of 88 Zombie Cryptopunks.[22]
$4.3 $4.14 Mad Dog Jones' REPLICATOR 2021 April 23, 2021 Mad Dog Jones Unknown Ethereum REPLICATOR was the first NFT auction by Phillips (auctioneers)[23]
$4 $3.806 XCOPY's Some Asshole 2018 September 27, 2021 Unknown Unknown Ethereum Sold for 1,300 ETH on SuperRare.[24]
$4 $3.765 EtherRock #55 2021 October 25, 2021 Unknown Unknown Ethereum The highest sale of an Etherrock so far was on October 25, 2021 via fractional.art.[25]
$3.6 $3.6 PEPENOPOULOS, 2016 2016 October 26, 2021 Unknown Unknown Bitcoin This unique Rare Pepe was sold by Sotheby's during the first auction on their "Metaverse", a platform dedicated to NFT collectors,[26]
$3.4 $3.4 BAYC #8817 2021 October 26, 2021 Unknown Unknown Ethereum Bored Ape Yacht Club is an NFT art collection launched on April 1st, 2021, consisting of 10,000 unique works. #8817 is the most expensive ape so far.[27]
$3.5 $3.3 Fidenza #313 2021 August 23, 2021 Unknown Unknown Ethereum Fidenza minted on Art Blocks is a Generative Art NFT by Tyler Hobbs.[28]
$3.1 $2.925 XCOPY's All Time High in the City 2018 October 12, 2021 Unknown Unknown Ethereum Sold for 1,000 ETH on SuperRare.[29]
$2.9 $2.9 The first Tweet by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey 2006 March 22, 2021 Jack Dorsey Sina Estavi Ethereum Sold for 1,630.5 ETH. Dorsey donated his proceeds to the charity GiveDirectly. The tweet was posted on March 21, 2006 at 4:50 PM.[30]
$3 $2.883 EtherRock #27 2017 August 28, 2021 Unknown Unknown Ethereum EtherRock is one of the very first NFT projects from 2017. 100 Etherrocks exist in total. Rock #27 was sold for 888 ETH[31]
$2.8 $2.712 EtherRock #73 2017 September 7, 2021 Unknown Unknown Ethereum EtherRock is one of the very first NFT projects from 2017. 100 Etherrocks exist in total. Rock #73 was sold for 790 ETH[32]
$2.7 $2.6 BAYC #8585 2021 October 19, 2021 Unknown Unknown Ethereum Bored Ape Yacht Club is an NFT art collection launched on April 1st, 2021, consisting of 10,000 unique works. #8585 was sold for 696.969.[33]
$2.7 $2.7 Self Portrait #1, 2020 – Dmitri Cherniak 2020 October 26, 2021 Unknown Unknown Ethereum “This generative self portrait is the most important work in Cherniak's career.” It was sold on Sotheby's "Metaverse" platform.[34]
$2.8 $2.648 Dmitri Cherniak's A slight lack of symmetry can cause so much pain 2021 October 1, 2021 Dmitri Cherniak Starry Night Capital Ethereum Sale for 800 ETH on SuperRare.[35]
$2.5 $2.413 Beeple's TIME The Future of Business (Beeple Edition) 2021 October 6, 2021 Unknown Starry Night Capital Ethereum The artwork was a collaboration between Beeple and Time magaizine and sold for 675 ETH on SuperRare.[36]
$2.5 $2.382 Refik Anadol's Machine Hallucinations – Space : Metaverse 2021 October 4, 2021 Unknown Unknown Ethereum Sold for 18,325,000 HKD at Sotheby's.[37]
$2.4 $2.268 EtherRock #96 2017 September 2, 2021 Unknown Unknown Ethereum Another sale of an Etherrock this time for 599 ETH ($1,929,060) [38]
$2.1 $2.043 Dreaming at Dusk 2021 March 14, 2021 Torproject PleasrDAO Ethereum Sold for 500 ETH on Foundation.[39]
$2.1 $2.035 MetaRift 2021 March 15, 2021 Pak Dannysecure Ethereum Sold for 489 ETH on MakersPlace.[40]
$2.1 $2.0 SMB #1355 2021 October 1, 2021 Unknown Unknown Solana This is currently the highest sale recorded on the Solana blockchain. SMB #1355 has been sold for 13,027 SOL.[41]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Wikipedia template uses a yearly average inflation. Using monthly averages gives slightly different numbers, most significantly for paintings sold early or late in a year with significant inflation.

References[edit]

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