The hype around non-fungible tokens (NFTs) started in the summer of 2021 with Yuga Labs’ CryptoPunks and Bored Ape Yacht Club, among others. In the meantime, the great storm of attention surrounding this special form of tokens has died down a bit and we are waiting for a possible next revival. In that storm of recent years, some NFTs have sold for huge amounts.
We have listed the three most expensive NFT sales in history for you. Starting with number one: The Merge.
1. The Merge
The most expensive NFT in history is immediately a special one. Judging by the name ‘The Merge’ you would expect the NFT to have something to do with Ethereum. However, nothing could be further from the truth, because the artwork of the pseudonymous artist Pak mainly owes its name to the way in which it was sold.
In total, the artwork raised $ 91.8 million, but the special thing is that the artwork has 29,983 different owners. The work has been split into 312,686 NFTs, each of which represents a piece of the artwork.
Until the end of 2021, Beeple’s ‘Every Day’ was the most expensive NFT in history, but it has now been written off the books by The Merge van Pak. It remains to be seen whether an artist will ever pass over this gigantic amount of money. On the other hand, it is not entirely fair, of course, because the work has been bought by 29,983 people.
2. Every Day: The First Five Thousand Days
In a more than respectable second place we find the artwork ‘Every Day: The First Five Thousand Days’ by the American artist Beeple. This work is a collection of all 5,000 works Beeple made on 5,000 consecutive days.
This one-of-a-kind work of art has been auctioned by the famed Christie auction house for the staggering (and symbolic) sum of $69 million. Ultimately, the NFT was bought by Vignesh Sundaresan, who still owns the work.
This special and hugely expensive token is designed to achieve a social goal, namely getting Wikileaks founder Julian Assange released. This NFT represents a digital clock that keeps track of the number of days Assange has already been in prison.
At the time of writing, Assange is in London Belmarsh Prison, awaiting extradition to the United States, where he will be tried for his WikiLeaks actions. In the end, the “artists” raised $52 million for this NFT that was sold to 10,000 members of the AssangeDAO.