Top 10 most expensive NFTs ever sold

Jacob Hale
Cryptopunk #7523 and Beeple Ocean Front NFTs side by sideLarvaLabs/Beeple

The NFT market may have taken a huge plunge since its peak, but in their heyday, there was serious money to be made in non-fungible tokens. Here are the most expensive NFTs ever.

After an explosion of popularity in 2021 and 2022, the art-focused NFTs concept has seen a serious slowdown in 2023. Major NFT sales from the past couple of years are now worth mere dollars, rather than millions. The sad state of affairs on the blockchain has seen things like the hardware required for it, finally, come back in stock at semi-normal prices.

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We’ve also seen multiple scams surrounding NFT and cryptocurrency projects, with influencers like Logan Paul coming under scrutiny after a documentary by Coffeezilla.

However, we’ve seen collections like the Bored Ape Yacht Club and CryptoPunks become some of the most expensive pieces of art money could buy, with artists such as Beeple and Pak selling their pieces for tens of millions of dollars.

But which ones have been the most expensive NFTs ever? Let’s take a look.

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10. CryptoPunk #3100 — $7.67m

cryptopunk 3100 NFTLarvaLabs
#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.

9. CryptoPunk #5577 — $7.7m

CryptoPunk #5577Larva Labs
CryptoPun #5577 is another Ape variant

Another Ape CryptoPunk, this one was sold in February 2022 for a huge 2501 ETH — equal to $7.7m at the time.

8. CryptoPunk #4156 — $10.26m

CryptoPunk 4156Larva Labs
4156 ranks as the third most expensive CryptoPunk of all time.

In a list largely dominated by the ever-popular CryptoPunks, #4156 ranks as the third most expensive Punk of all time. It was bought on December 9, 2021, just 10 months after a $1.25m sale. That’s a pretty solid return on investment!

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7. TPunk #3442 — $10.5m

TPunk 3442 NFT 'Joker'Tpunk
The Joker TPunk is truly extraordinary.

The ‘Joker’ TPunk, which is a collection similar to the CryptoPunks, bares several features resembling the iconic Batman character. Unlike most of the biggest NFTs, this was sold on the Tron network for a whopping 120 million TRX.

6. CryptoPunk #7523 — $11.75m

cryptopunk 7523 NFTLarvaLabs
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?

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5. CryptoPunk #5822 — $23.7m

cryptopunk 5822CryptoPunk/LarvaLabs
At the time of writing, 5822 sold for double of the next most expensive CryptoPunk.

Continuing in the trend of super-expensive ‘alien’ style CryptoPunks, 5822 shattered all expectations when it sold for over $23m on February 12, 2022.

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At double the cost of the next highest CryptoPunk, 5822 might have just sent the entire collection even further into the stratosphere.

4. Beeple’s HUMAN ONE — $28.985m

Beeple has sold some of the most expensive NFTs of all time, with three pieces in the top 10.

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.

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3. Clock — $52.7m

Julian Assange Clock NFT counter at 1035 daysPak
This Clock NFT updates every day to showcase how long Julian Assange has been imprisoned.

‘Clock’ is a piece created by Pak and Julian Assange, and almost acts literally as a clock, counting the days that WikiLeaks founder Assange has been imprisoned.

The goal of the NFT was to raise funds for Assange’s legal defense and was ultimately purchased by AssangeDAO — a collection of over 10,000 people pooling their money to purchase the NFT and support Assange.

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

Everydays the first 5000 days NFTBeeple
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.

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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 NFTPak/Nifty
The Merge was bought by 28,983 collectors for a total of almost $100m.

Another Pak piece, 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.

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

There’s no doubt that NFTs have become far less popular now than they were at their peak, but that’s not to say they can’t blow up once again down the line.

If you mint into the right projects and show a bit of patience, you might be sitting on a nice little fortune down the line. On the other hand, you also risk losing it all.

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Jacob is Dexerto’s UK Editor and Call of Duty esports specialist. With a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Creative Writing, he previously worked as an Editor at Ginx TV. Jacob was nominated for Journalist of the Year at the 2023 Esports Awards. Contact: jacob.hale@dexerto.com.