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CryptoPunks NFTs Sell For $16.9 Million At Christie's Auction

decrypt.co 12 May 2021 02:00, UTC
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A collection of nine rare CryptoPunks sold for $16.9 million during an auction at Christie’s in New York tonight.

The auction was the venerable house’s first big NFT sale since Beeple’s EVERYDAYS: THE FIRST 5,000 DAYS, which went for a record $69 million in March.

#AuctionUpdate 9 rare CryptoPunks from Larva Labs' own collection makes history realizing $16,962,500 pic.twitter.com/qsPs5nqVYY

— Christie's (@ChristiesInc) May 12, 2021

NFTs or non-fungible tokens are blockchain-based digital assets that represent ownership deeds to digital or physical assets, from art to digital trading cards to albums to video clips. And CryptoPunks are some of the oldest.

CryptoPunks are a historic series of 10,000 NFTs from a developer called LarvaLabs. The tokens are attached to tiny, pixelated portraits of randomly generated faces, each distinct from the others. Since their introduction in 2017, they’ve become some of the most prized digital collectibles in crypto—individual CryptoPunks have sold for upwards of $7 million.

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Splashy auctions like tonight's tend to involve NFTs on the Ethereum blockchain; thanks in part to the recent frenzy around crypto art, the price of Ethereum's native token, ETH, has climbed to new all-time highs.

Christie’s was the first major auction house to get in on the NFT phenomenon when it sold a Bitcoin-themed physical artwork tied to an accompanying NFT last fall. Sotheby’s has since followed suit.

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