The 10 most expensive NFTs ever

Filippo Iachello

4 min

The most expensive NFT ever sold: all the digital artworks

What are the most expensive NFT ever sold? Here is the list of million-dollar crypto artworks! 

Have you ever wondered: “what are the 10 most expensive NFT ever sold?” Digital works of art sold at sky-high prices. Along with Picasso‘s cubism, Botticelli’s renaissance style and Rembrandt‘s baroque style; collectors and galleries of the future (and present) will also exhibit CryptoPunks and Beeple’s digital art. 

10. CryptoPunk #7804 – 7.56 million 

In tenth place among the most expensive NFT ever sold is a CryptoPunk, number 7804, purchased in March 2021 for $7.5 million (4,200 ETH). This Punk is an ‘Alien’, a decidedly rare category – only 9 out of 10,000 exist! Hallmarks? Sunglasses and a pipe! 

9. CryptoPunk #3100 – 7.67 million

There are 406 CryptoPunks who have the tennis-style band, but only one of them is an alien. That’s the 3100. Imagine how much it could be worth? 

8. CryptoPunk #5577 – 7.7 million

As you may have noticed, CryptoPunks are leading the ranking of the most expensive NFT ever sold. The #5577 was purchased in February 2022 by Robert Leshner, the CEO of Compound, one of DeFi’s most popular lending (decentralised lending) platforms. The CEO of the protocol shelled out a whopping 2,500 ETH to get it.

7. CryptoPunk #4156 – 10.2 million

All CryptoPunks are unique, but the number 4156 stands out because of the interesting story of its former owner. The user, whose Twitter handle echoes this numerical succession, is a very famous crypto influencer on the social network who is also part of the nouns DAO development team. When @punk4156 sold the NFT because he disagreed with Larva Labs‘ copyright policies, the entire community was stunned.

6. Tpunk #3442 – 10.5 million

Another Punk, also in sixth position in the ranking of the most expensive NFT ever sold. This time, however, not one from the collection created by Larva Labs, but a TPunk, a specimen from the collection inspired by CryptoPunks but built on the Tron blockchain. Purchasing this rare piece of the ‘derivative’ collection was Justin Sun, the founder and former CEO of TRON, who pulled 120 million TRX out of his crypto wallet.

5. CryptoPunk #7523 – 11.7 million

Crypto Punk #7523 was sold in 2021 for 4,700 ETH at a Sotheby’s digital art auction. Another ‘Alien’ equipped with earrings, cap and surgical mask. Perhaps the NFT was so coveted because of the presence of this very ‘avant-garde’ accessory at the time it was purchased.

4. CryptoPunk #5822 – 23.2 million 

Wooden medal for the ‘alien’ CryptoPunk sporting the blue bandana. This NFT was purchased by Chain’s CEO Deepak Thapliyal for the astronomical sum of 8,000 ETH.

3. Human One by Beeple – 28.9 million

In third place in the ranking of the most expensive NFT ever sold is Human One, a 3D digital sculpture by the famous artist Beeple, which depicts an astronaut walking in a glass case. The backgrounds are digital and the scenery changes on a rotating basis.

2. Clock by Pak and Julian Assange – 52.7 million

The silver medal goes to Pak for his work Clock. This NFT is a timer that counts down the days since Julian Assange, the co-founder of Wikileaks, has been detained in Belmarsh prison (UK). The digital artwork was purchased by the AssangeDAO, an autonomous and decentralised organisation established with the aim of fighting for the freedom of the Wikileaks founder. 

1. Everydays: the first 5000 Days by Beeple – 69.3 million

This work by Beeple is a collage of 5,000 photographs from the Everyday project: one photograph per day since May 2017. Not only does it hold the record for the most expensive NFT ever sold, but it is also a “historic” event that brought non-fungible tokens to mainstream media for the first time. It was talked about everywhere, even on Saturday Night Live.Do the most expensive NFT ever sold list include your favourite? The digital art scene is vast and you don’t have to spend astronomical sums to become an NFT owner. There are ones for all budgets, or you can hope that the ones on this list will become cheaper. After all, the prices you see here are not definitive, it is the market that determines their value.

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