• Celebrities Continue to Purchase Boring Ape Yacht Club NFTs

  • More than 20 athletes, musicians, and influencers have announced their purchases of the Bored Ape Yacht Club.

    The list of celebrity Bored Ape Yacht Club purchases continues to grow, with several high-profile purchases in the last month.

    Celebrities Participate in “Ape In”

    The Bored Ape Yacht Club is quickly becoming popular among the world’s wealthy and famous.

    Several big names have joined the list of celebrities who have publicly announced their Bored Ape purchases in the last month, bringing the total number of known celebrity owners to more than 20.

    Sports Celebrities

    Several NFL and NBA players have joined the Bored Apes party. La Melo Ball of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets appears to have been the first to purchase a Bored Ape NFT back in June, and he’s been joined since then by Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors. Several NFL players, including Dez Bryant and Von Miller, have also announced purchases.

    Tyrese Haliburton, the most recent sports celebrity to join the Bored Ape Yacht Club, has made use of the intellectual property rights that come with each ape by designing a pair of bespoke sneakers featuring his NFT.

    On Oct. 30, Haliburton showed off his new Bored Ape shoes while playing for the Sacramento Kings against the New Orleans Pelicans. The game was won by the Sacramento Kings.

    Musicians

    DJ Marshmello, rappers Lil Baby and KSI, producer Timbaland, and other artists such as Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda have all posted their Bored Ape purchases on social media. Post Malone, DJ Khaled, and Steve Aoki are among the most well-known names to have announced recent purchases.

    While some musicians are content with Bored Ape profile pictures, others in the industry have grander plans. Universal Music Group intends to launch Kingship, a band comprised entirely of virtual apes. A team of animators will render the four Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs in 3D for use in video games, virtual reality, and other realms of the Metaverse.

    Not to be outdone, Bored Ape owner and fan Timbaland has announced the formation of a new company called Ape-In Productions, which will also form a music group using Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs. If both groups take off, a battle of the NFT bands could be on the cards in the future.

    Influencers

    In November, television host and comedian Jimmy Fallon posted his Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT to his 51.4 million followers, arguably the most high-profile ape purchase.

    Fallon, like several other celebrities, including DJ Khaled, Lil Baby, and Post Malone, purchased his Bored Ape through MoonPay, a concierge service designed to assist high-net-worth individuals in purchasing NFTs.

    MoonPay takes care of the hassles of creating a wallet, purchasing cryptocurrency, and purchasing from marketplaces, delivering NFTs directly to celebrities for a fee. As the NFT space remains difficult for non-natives to navigate, MoonPay’s services have played an important role in bringing the rich and famous into the world of NFTs.

    Furthermore, auction houses such as Christie’s and Sotheby’s have featured Bored Apes on multiple occasions, exposing the NFTs to those with deep pockets.

    As NFTs become more popular, more and more influencers want to join the Bored Ape Yacht Club. This begs the question of how many of the recent purchases were organic or merely a low-cost marketing ploy. It probably doesn’t matter to those who own Bored Ape NFTs; floor prices are at an all-time high, and with several big names aping in, many are hoping the upward trend will continue.

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