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The 10 Most Expensive NFTs Ever Sold

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1. The Merge

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Finally, the most expensive NFT to ever sell was Pak’s ‘The Merge’. The  $91.8m price tag was a record for an artwork sold publicly by a living  artist. The NFT was sold on Nifty Gateway to 28,893 collectors who  purchased 312,686 units of mass (which were single NFTs). The starting  price of these units was $575, which increased by $25 every six hours.

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2. The First 5000 Day

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The First 5000 Days is another one of Beeples high grossing NFT  projects. It is a collage of 5000 individual NFTs that Beeples created  for his Everyday’s series. It sold for an astonishing $69 million (42.329 ETH) in 2021 at the Christies Auction house.

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3. CLOCK

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The third most expensive NFT ever sold has a slightly unconventional  origin. It was created to raise funds for Julian Assange’s defence after  he was controversially imprisoned in May 2019. Assange is currently  imprisoned on charges of espionage against the US Government, mainly  through association with the Website he founded, WikiLeaks. The NFT  itself is simply a clock depicting the number of days since Assange has  been imprisoned

The whopping $56m price tag was raised by over 10,000 supporters, each  of whom owns a share of the NFT. 100% of the proceeds went to the Wau  Holland Foundation, which supports Assange’s defence.

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4. HUMAN ONE

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Human one is a digital/physical hybrid piece of artwork also designed by  Beeple. It sold for a record $28.9 million when it was auctioned off as  part of Christie’s 21st Century Evening Sale on 9 November 2021.

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5. CryptoPunk #5822

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CryptoPunk #5822 is the most expensive CryptoPunk to have ever sold,  racking up an astronomic $23m price tag. There has also been huge  bidding and listing activity on the NFT. There have been multiple bids  of over 1000 ETH (~$3m) throughout the token’s lifecycle. However, these  have all been denied by the owner. In addition to this, the owner  0xDeepak has listed it for tens of thousands of ETH on multiple  occasions. However, none of these listings have come to fruition. 19  days ago, the owner transferred the NFT to an unidentified wallet named  7DDFFB and hasn’t listed it since.

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6. CryptoPunk #7523

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CryptoPunk #7523 is the second most expensive CryptoPunk NFT ever sold.  It sold for a whopping $11.75m! What’s more, over four months ago, a  wallet bid 20,400 ETH for it, which we estimate equated to around $65m  dollars. However, the bid was cancelled before it was accepted. Other  notable bids include an 800ETH bid from famous NFT collector Pranksy,  which equated to roughly $1.5m. This bid was also cancelled, however.  These huge bids highlight how much people prize the CryptoPunk  collection.

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7. CryptoPunk #4156

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The seventh most expensive NFT ever sold was also part of the CryptoPunk  collection. Number 4156 was sold 4 months ago for 2500 ETH, which  equated to $10.26m at that time. Unlike the previous two CryptoPunks on  our list, #4156 has sold multiple times throughout its lifespan. Just  over a year ago, it sold for 650 ETH, although the seller is likely  kicking themselves for selling at this price. Before this, it was sold  for 3.29 ETH over 4 years ago, a few months after it was minted.

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8. CryptoPunk #3100

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CryptoPunk #3100 topped the price of the previously highest sold NFT  from the collection when it sold for 4200 ETH, which was $7.67m dollars  at the time. Again, this monster sale was the only time that #3100 has  been sold since it was minted 5 years ago.

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9. CryptoPunk #7804

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he ninth most expensive NFT ever to have sold is part of the CryptoPunk collection.  The CryptoPunk project is a collection of 10,000 unique characters  stored on the Ethereum blockchain. No two CryptoPunks are exactly alike,  making them highly prized. When they were released, CryptoPunks were  initially free to mint for anyone who had an Ethereum wallet.

The $6.6m sale was the only time that #7804 has been sold since it was minted over 4 years ago.

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10. Beeple’s Crossroad

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At the time of its sale, ‘Crossroad’ by highly regarded artist Beeple  was the most expensive NFT to ever sell. It sold for $6.6 million on the  NFT Exchange Nifty Gateway. The piece depicts a solemn figure lying on  the ground, which is meant to symbolise Trump after he lost the 2020  election to Joe Biden. What was cool about the NFT is that it sold  before the election and would change based on the election’s outcome.