CryptoKitties is one of the first NFTs to gain mainstream attention. They are digital collectible cats that you can buy and trade on the Ethereum blockchain. CryptoKitties took the world by storm in 2017, with some rare digital kittens selling for millions of dollars. The most expensive CryptoKitty ever sold was for 600 ETH, worth around $170,000 at the time.
Beeple, also known as Mike Winkelmann, is a digital artist who has made a name for himself in the NFT world. In March 2021, he sold his artwork called “Everydays: The First 5000 Days” for a staggering $69 million at a Christie’s auction. The digital artwork is a collage of 5,000 images that Beeple created every day over 13 years.
CryptoPunks are 10,000 unique 8-bit characters that can be bought and sold on the Ethereum blockchain. Each character has its own unique traits and attributes, and some are rarer than others. In May 2021, one CryptoPunk sold for a record-breaking $69.3 million at a Christie’s auction. The figure, known as CryptoPunk 7523, is one of only nine “Alien” punks in existence.
The First Tweet
In March 2021, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey auctioned off the first-ever tweet as an NFT. The tweet, which read “just setting up my twttr,” was sold for $2.9 million. The buyer, Sina Estavi, CEO of Bridge Oracle, stated that he bought it because “I think those assets are going to appreciate a lot in the future.”
Virtual Real Estate
Virtual real estate has also become a hot commodity in the NFT world. In 2020, a virtual estate in the metaverse game Decentraland sold for $1.5 million. The estate, known as “The Secret of Satoshis Tea Garden,” included 259 virtual land parcels that users can explore and develop.
The world of NFTs may still be relatively new, but it is rapidly gaining popularity. As more people begin to understand and value the unique qualities of NFTs, we are sure to see even more record-breaking sales in the near future. From digital art to virtual real estate, the possibilities for NFTs are endless.