These are the top 15 most expensive NFT sales as of May 2022. As the NFT market continually and inevitably changes through time, record sales will change rapidly. These stats were reported based on the ETH price at the time of the sale. Many of the top sales were through NFT marketplaces such as Opensea, SuperRare, Nifty Gateway or through private auction.
The 15 Most Expensive NFTs Ever Sold
The works of Beeple, Pak, and Larva Labs top the list.
15. Ocean Front ($6 Million)
“Ocean Front” by Beeple was sold for $6 million in March 2021. The piece of art aims to speak to the current earth’s climate change issue. All proceeds were donated to the Open Earth Foundation, a non-profit organization that is raising funds to develop innovative open digital infrastructure for improved management of planet Earth.
14. All Time High ($6.2 Million)
This animated image, by artist XCOPY, sold for about $6.2 million (1,630 ETH) in January 2022. Its previous sale was sold at $2.9 million. It is currently listed for 33666 ETH.
13. CryptoPunk #8857 ($6.63 Million)
CryptoPunk #8857, a zombie punk with 3D red-and-blue glasses sold for 2,000 ETH ($6.63 million) in September 2021. Its last sale was $1,717 in May 2018.
12. Beeple's 'CROSSROAD' ($6.6 Million)
The 1/1 from Beeple's 'CROSSROAD' drop on Nifty Gateway was resold on the secondary market for $6.6 million. The NFT shows former President Donald Trump lying in a heap after losing the 2020 presidential election.
11. Right Click Save As ($7.02 Million)
10. Ringers #109 ($7.12 Million)
Ringers #109 was purchased for 2,100 ETH or $7.12 million in early October 2021. It is currently the largest Art Blocks sale to date.
9. CryptoPunk #7804 ($7.56 Million)
This pipe-smoking CryptoPunk sold in March 10th, 2021 for 4,200 ETH, the same as Punk 3100, but the ETH was valued at approximately $7,566,173.88 USD at the time of sale.
7. CryptoPunk #4156 ($10.2 million)
CryptoPunk #4156 sold on December 2021 for 2,500 ETH ($10.2 million). It was previously sold for 650 ETH on February 2021.
6. CryptoPunk #7523 ($11.8 million)
CryptoPunk #7523, the only punk in the collection with a mask, sold for at Sotheby's sold for $11.8 million in June 2021. It is one of nine rare Alien Punks.
4. Beeple's 'Human One' ($28.9 million)
'Human One' is Beeple's first-ever physical sculpture that evolves over time. The seven-foot-tall box-like sculpture features four large LED screens depicting a helmeted astronaut jaunting rhythmically through dystopian environments.
The sculpture was auctioned off as part of Christie's 21st Century Evening Sale in November 9, 2021 for $28.9 million USD. Beeple maintains remote control of 'Human One.'
3. 'Clock' by Pak and Julian Assange ($52.7 million)
‘Clock’ is a piece created by Pak and Julian Assange. It is an NFT clock counting the days of WikiLeaks founder Assange's controversial imprisonment.
The goal of the NFT was to raise funds for the Wau Holland Foundation, Julian Assange’s legal defense. It was purchased by AssangeDAO, a group of over 10,000 Assange supporters, for 16593 ETH ($52.7 million).
2. Beeple's 'The First 5,000 Days' ($69.3 Million)
Beeple's 'The First 5,000 Days' sold for a record $69,346,250 on March 11th 2021. It was the first piece of purely NFT artwork to be offered by a major auction house.
1. Pak’s ‘The Merge’ ($91.8 Million)
Digital artist Pak’s Merge drop on Nifty Gateway set the world record for most expensive NFT ever sold in December 2021 when 28,983 collectors pooled $91,806,519 to purchase 312,686 units of mass.
The Merge collection allowed collectors to buy as much units of mass as they wanted during a two-day period. At the end of the sale, owners of mass obtained an NFT that merged all the mass accumulated by each collector.