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The Most Expensive NFT Sales So Far

These are the top 10 NFT sales as of May 2022. These stats were reported based on the ETH price at the time of the sale.

Note: the NFT market moves incredibly quickly; by the time you read this article, it is possible some of the items on this list may have moved around. This list will be updated periodically.

#10 — Beeple’s ‘CROSSROAD’
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The 1/1 from Beeple’s ‘CROSSROAD’ drop on Nifty Gateway was resold on the secondary market for $6.6 million. The NFT shows former President Donald Trump lying in a heap after losing the 2020 presidential election. 

#9 — CryptoPunk #7804

This pipe-smoking CryptoPunk sold on March 10th, 2021 for 4,200 ETH, the same as Punk 3100, but the ETH was valued at approximately $7,566,173.88 USD at the time of sale.

#8 — CryptoPunk #3100

CryptoPunk #3100 was purchased on March 11, 2021 for 4,200 ETH, approximately $7,584,485.82 USD, breaking the record set by Punk 7804 set the previous day—due to rising ETH prices.

#7 — CryptoPunk #4156

CryptoPunk #4156 sold on December 2021 for 2,500 ETH ($10.2 million). It was previously sold for 650 ETH on Feb 2021.

#6 — CryptoPunk #7523

CryptoPunk #7523, the only punk in the collection with a mask, sold for at Sotheby’s sold for $11.8 million on June 2021 It is one of 9 rare Alien Punks.

#5 — CryptoPunk #5822

The sale of CryptoPunk #5822 serves as the biggest CryptoPunk NFT purchase in history. The NFT was purchased by Deepak Thapliyal, the CEO of Chain for 8,000 ETH (approximately $23.7 million USD).

#4 — Beeple’s ‘Human One’

‘Human One’ is Beeple’s first-ever physical sculpture that evolves over time. The seven-foot-tall box-like sculpture features four large LED screens depicting a helmeted astronaut jaunting rhythmically through dystopian environments.

The sculpture was auctioned off as part of Christie’s 21st Century Evening Sale on November 9, 2021 for $28.9 million USD. Beeple maintains remote control of ‘Human One.’

#3 — ‘Clock’ by Pak and Julian Assange

Clock’ is a piece created by Pak and Julian Assange. It is an NFT clock counting the days of WikiLeaks founder Assange’s controversial imprisonment.

The goal of the NFT was to raise funds for the Wau Holland Foundation, Julian Assange’s legal defense. It was purchased by AssangeDAO — a collection of over 10,000 people pooling their money to purchase the NFT and support Assange— for 16593 ETH ($52.7 million).

#2 — Beeple’s ‘The First 5,000 Days’

Beeple’s ‘The First 5,000 Days’ sold for a record $69,346,250 on March 11, 2021. It was the first piece of purely NFT artwork to be offered by a major auction house.

#1 — Pak’s ‘The Merge’

Digital artist Pak’s Merge drop on Nifty Gateway set the world record for an NFT sale. on Dec. 2021 when 28,983 collectors spent $91,806,519 to purchase 312,686 total units of mass.

The Merge collection allowed collectors to buy multiple units of mass during a two-day sale period. For 48 hours, users were able to collect as much mass as they wanted. At the end of the sale, owners of mass obtained an NFT that merged all the mass accumulated by each collector during the sale.

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