According to NonFungible.com, four of the top ten NFT sales in the last 30 days have been four Bored Apes and four CryptoPunks. The other two NFTs sold were a plot of land in Decentraland and a digital art piece called “A Coin for the Ferryman” by XCOPYART for 1,330 ETH ($6 million, the highest sale).
On November 22, the highest Bored Ape (#544) was sold for 675.01 ETH ($2.81 million), and the highest CryptoPunks (#544) was sold for 500 ETH ($2.38 million) on November 11.
According to OpenSea, the Bored Ape Yacht Club was the highest-selling NFT collection based on monthly volume traded on their platform, with a total volume of 44.8 thousand ETH (approximately $193 million), as shown below.
CryptoPunks and Bored Ape Yacht Club are two of the most popular NFT collections.
Larva Labs created the CryptoPunks NFT collection in 2017 as 10,000 randomly generated pixelated characters on the Ethereum Blockchain. Anyone with an Ethereum wallet was able to mine for free. CryptoPunks is regarded as one of the first NFT projects. Punks have been acquired by celebrities such as Jay Z and Snoop Dog, and Larva Labs announced a deal with one of the top Hollywood talent agencies two months ago.
“CryptoPunks have become some of the most sought-after NFTs on the market,” said Michael Bouhanna, a Sotheby’s contemporary art specialist.
Four years later, the Bored Ape Yacht Club debuted, with each member being a unique Bored Ape. A team of pseudonymous developers launched the collection in late April 2021, and each ape was sold for around 190-200$. (0.08 Ether). According to CNET, the collection was sold out within 12 hours of its release. Eventually, many celebrities will join this club.
Is the Bored Aped Yacht Club the new celebrity hangout?
The Bored Ape Yacht Club has recently caught the attention of many celebrities, including American rapper Future, who shared his Bored Ape on his Twitter profile picture on November 28 with the caption “gm.”
Late-night TV host Jimmy Fallon joined the club in November, and soon after, American rapper Post Malone debuted one of his Apes in his new music video “One Right Now” with The Weekend.
Other celebrity members include NBA player Stephen Curry, ex-NBA player Shaquille O’Neal, world DJs/producers such as Steve Aoki, The Chainsmokers, and Marshmello, and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, according to NFTnow.
There is no shortage of celebrities entering the world of NFT projects, which may bring relevant support to the projects.