We’ll start with the very first tweet in history. As you may have guessed, it belongs to Jack Dorsey, the co-founder and CEO of Twitter Inc. Aforementioned tweet was auctioned through a platform called Valuables. The purchaser was Sina Estavi, CEO of Bridge Oracle. According to the seller, the proceeds will go to charity, namely in support of the Africa Response program.
This is followed by a piece of carbon-neutral art called “Ocean Front”. It was designed by the digital artist who will appear on our list more than once. Justin Sun, known in the crypto space primarily as the owner of Tron Foundation, was able to clinch Beeple’s artwork for a $6 million. The auction was held on a blockchain-based platform Nifty Gateway. All the proceeds raised would go towards combating climate change. In the spirit of the times, the event providers (Social Alpha Foundation) are planning to donate all the profits to a non-profit organization OpenEarth Foundation.
Now lets move to another creation by the current star of the show, the legendary Beeple. The artwork titled “CROSSROADS” constitutes a video file, accompanied by a digital signature that can’t be duplicated. It was designed to change based on the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. When Biden won, it depicted the former President lying in a heap with derogatory phrases written on his body. Originally, aforementioned masterpiece was bought for $67 thousand by the co-founder of the Museum of Crypto Art, Pablo Rodriguez-Fraile. But soon a surprise twist of events followed, resulting in its resale on the Valuables platform for $6.6 million. It’s fair to say that the ongoing hoopla around NFT began with this bargain.
Silver and Bronze are shared by two of the most expensive digital collectibles belonging to “CryptoPunks” - a cultish series of computer-generated characters. Created in 2017 by developers Matt Hall and John Watkinson, there are exactly 10000 NFTs representing unique 24x24 pixel portraits (each with a different combination of features). They are famous for being the very first NFTs in history. Consigned by platform Larva Labs, CryptoPunk #7804 and CryptoPunk #3100 fetched roughly $7.5 million each.
And the first place goes to... guess who? You’re Goddamn Right, this is Beeple (though originally known as Mike Winkelmann). Far ahead other authors, he creates and publishes a new digital artwork every day over the past fourteen years. The project is called “Everydays: The First 5000 Days” and represents a collage of Winkelmann’s work, digitally evolving through years. The collection is notable for the fact that it became a first-of-its-kind auction at Christie’s. The last resale bid was a record $69.3 million. It appears that the previously mentioned Justin Sun was sniped by a last-minute bidder, who goes by the pseudonym Metakovan.
We will closely follow any high-profile events related to NFT market, while notifying you about them along :)