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Alien CryptoPunk NFT sale becomes second-largest in CryptoPunk history

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By Abi Gibson - - 5 Mins Read
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CryptoPunks, a non-fungible token (NFT) on the Ethereum blockchain, has shattered records by selling one of its nine Alien Punks.

On Wednesday, the sale witnessed an anonymous collector acquiring CryptoPunks #7804 for a staggering 4,850 ETH, equivalent to approximately $16.38 million. 

The recent sale of #7804 has made it one of the most expensive CryptoPunks ever sold.

According to CryptoSlam data, the sale set a new record in terms of both ETH and USD value, surpassing the previous record set by the sale of Punk NFT #3100 earlier this month, which was valued at 4,500 ETH or $16 million.

This sale is the second-largest in CryptoPunks' history, with the largest being the sale of CryptoPunks #5822 NFT in February 2022, valued at 8,000 ETH, equivalent to $23.7 million. 



The owner of CryptoPunks #7804, identified only by the pseudonym Peruggia, revealed on the social media platform X (Twitter) that they purchased the NFT in 2021 for 4,200 ETH, which was valued at $7.57 million at the time.

After possessing the NFT for over a year, the seller expressed relief upon finding a buyer and remarked that the sale signifies the "End of an era" for them.

Exploring the CryptoPunks Phenomenon

The CryptoPunks project was created by Larva Labs studio in June 2017. It introduced the concept of digital collectibles in the form of 24x24 pixel art characters.

Each CryptoPunk is unique and comes with varying attributes, making them attractive to collectors.

The recent surge in interest surrounding CryptoPunks reflects a broader trend in the NFT market, where digital assets are gaining prominence as viable investment options.


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The sale of CryptoPunks #7804 represents a significant achievement within the NFT space and highlights the growing significance of digital art as a legitimate asset class.

Comparatively, the most expensive NFT sale to date is attributed to Beeple’s digital artwork collage, “Everyday: The First 5000 Days,” which fetched a staggering $69.3 million in March 2021 through Christie’s auction house.

Such high figures show the increasing value and need for digital art in today's cultural and artistic expression.

Is the NFT Hype Making a Comeback?

The recent sale of CryptoPunks #7804 NFT has reignited discussions about the future of the NFT market and its potential for a resurgence.

Despite experiencing a downturn in recent years, NFT sales volumes have shown signs of recovery, with projections indicating a huge increase in revenue for 2024. 

Data from Statista indicates that although NFT sales volumes decreased in 2023 compared to 2022 and 2021, the revenue in the NFT market is projected to reach an impressive US$2,378 million this year. 

Moreover, projections suggest that the number of users in the NFT market is set to soar, reaching an estimated 16.35 million users by 2028.

The recent transaction involving CryptoPunks #7804 might spark a fresh wave of interest in NFTs from both investors and creators.

Additionally, the enormous potential of NFTs as digital assets and platforms for artistic expression and cultural innovation is becoming increasingly clear.