Top 10 most expensive NFTs ever sold: CryptoPunks, Beeple, more

Top 10 most expensive NFTs ever sold

Published: 18/Dec/2021 12:25

by Jacob Hale


NFTs, or Non-Fungible Tokens, are growing increasingly popular, as investors and collectors look to get involved in the latest blockchain craze — and some of the prices being paid for these pieces is insane.

NFTs grew wildly in popularity throughout 2020 and 2021, with art collections worth millions being sold as digital jpegs, and some of the top influencers and celebrities the world over getting involved in the action.

We’ve seen collections like the Bored Ape Yacht Club and CryptoPunks become some of the most expensive pieces of art you could buy, despite outsiders’ thoughts on the idea of digital art.

But which ones are the most expensive? Let’s take a look.


(Note: Prices are in U.S. Dollars due to the fluctuating nature of the Ethereum blockchain. All figures accurate to Ethereum prices at the time of sale.)

10. CryptoPunk #5217 — $5.59m

Cryptopunk #5217
#5217 is the only Ape Cryptopunk to feature in this list.

CryptoPunk #5217 is an ape with a knitted hat and gold chain, some seriously desirable traits even by CryptoPunk standards.

#5217 is one of the rarest Cryptopunks on the market, ranking at 34th according to, so expect to see this continue to skyrocket over time.

9. Beeple’s Ocean Front — $6m

Beeple Ocean Front NFT
Ocean Front is actually Beeple’s third most-expensive work to date.

Beeple is one of the most well-known and well-respected digital artists in the space — and the price tags on his work prove it.

He has two works in the top 10, with Ocean Front depicting an amalgamation of massive containers, a caravan, and a tree, stood tall in the middle of the ocean.


8. XCopy’s A Coin for the Ferryman — $6.034m

One of XCopy’s earliest pieces, ‘A Coin for the Ferryman’ was created in 2018, but actually sold for over $6m on November 4, 2021.

The piece is an amalgamation of scribbled faces over a colorful background, with the GIF form definitely making it unique and something the owner can proudly boast about. After all, there may never be another piece like this one.

7. Beeple’s Crossroad — $6.6m

Beeple’s Crossroad is just a short, 10-second movie of sorts, depicting people walking past a large, fallen body with insults written all over it.

Beeple’s works are so highly respected because they offer something slightly different from the regular NFTs you see — and the price speaks for itself.


6. CryptoPunk #7804 — $7.6m

cryptopunk 7804 NFT
Yet another Cryptopunk added to the list.

Yet another CryptoPunk on the list, but certainly not the last. #7804 is one of just nine ‘Alien’ CryptoPunks, with a cool cap, pipe, and shades to boot.

This is definitely one you’d be delighted to have minted when it first launched.

5. CryptoPunk #3100 — $7.67m

cryptopunk 3100 NFT
#3100 has become a seriously sought after NFT.

On March 11, 2021, just one day after #7804 sold, #3100 became even more expensive than its brethren.

Another Alien punk, but this time sporting just a headband, #3100 is the seventh most rare CryptoPunk out there.

4. CryptoPunk #7523 — $11.75m

cryptopunk 7523 NFT
This is the most expensive CryptoPunk in the world.

Blowing all of its CryptoPunk fellows out of the water, #7523 is the third rarest in the collection, and it’s got the price tag to match.


The question now becomes, with two more rare CryptoPunks than #7523, how much more can they really be sold for?

3. Beeple’s HUMAN ONE — $28.985

Beeple is a regular among the most expensive NFTs ever sold, actually occupying the top three spots in this list.

HUMAN ONE sold on November 9, 2021 for a fee just shy of $30m, closely linked to his previous piece ‘Everydays’ according to an interview with Christie’s. Speaking of which…

2. Everydays: the First 5000 Days — $69.3m

Everydays the first 5000 days NFT
Is Beeple the greatest digital artist in NFTs?

Another Beeple piece and the most expensive NFT ever sold to one sole owner — and there’s a good reason for it.

Beeple’s artwork is so high-tier and highly respected within the community, and this piece is essentially a collage of 5000 pieces of his work. Starting from 2007, he pledged to create one piece of art every day, and this is the result. Needless to say, it was worth the effort.


1. Pak’s ‘The Merge’ — $91.8m

Pak The Merge NFT
The Merge was bought by 28,983 collectors for a total of almost $100m.

The Merge officially became the most expensive NFT ever sold on December 2, 2021, with almost 30,000 collectors pitching together for a total cost of $91.8m.

This is the only NFT on this top 10 list to have multiple owners, and it shows in the crazy price tag on it.

There’s no doubt that NFTs are growing more and more popular as time goes on, but it really begs the question: How high is the ceiling for NFT prices?

Needless to say, if you’re holding any NFTs, you could end up sitting on a pretty sizeable fortune.