Is crypto the next big thing? While a few, including Michael Saylor of MicroStrategy, argue in favor, a few, including Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway, are extremely critical.
The new reality is that the blockchain-powered investment asset world has moved beyond just cryptos. Bitcoin (BTC) is now not only facing challenges from altcoins like SHIB and ETH, but also from NFTs. This relatively newer asset class has stunned market watchers. From Beeple’s digital works to cartoons with distinctive features, NFTs have fetched high prices in sales.
One of the most popular projects in this category is CryptoPunks. Let’s know the latest stats.
Developed by Larva Labs, and claiming to have 10,000 assets, CryptoPunks’ NFTs have so far sold for a total value of US$1.96 billion, according to data on its official website. The most expensive NFT was #5822, which is said to have sold for nearly US$23.7 million in February this year.
All the recent transactions listed on the official website indicate toward selling price of each asset as at least hundreds of millions of dollars. Notably, CryptoPunks’ transactions are in ETH crypto, which also underscores the significance of Ethereum’s blockchain and its native token in the NFT verse.
Data available on CryptoPunks website suggests that over 1,300 assets are available for purchase, and the minimum price is quoted as 60.95 ETH tokens. Reportedly, one CryptoPunk, #9004, has undergone a sale recently for 64 ETH.
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CryptoPunks and other NFTs
The 24×24 pixel CryptoPunk NFTs, said to be generated algorithmically, are facing competition from projects like Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs, popularly called BAYC. BAYC also has 10,000 assets, and the project gained traction after the launch of native crypto token ApeCoin. ApeCoin or APE token had a stunning beginning, however, it has exhibited volatility in its later run.
Reportedly, BAYC project has recently collected US$285 million from the sale of virtual land NFTs in its metaverse. Separately, BAYC NFTs have sold for high prices in the past.
Data provided by CoinMarketCap.com
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CryptoPunks and Bitcoin
While Bitcoin is a digital currency based on blockchain’s distributed ledger, CryptoPunks are collectible items with every NFT having some uniqueness. Transaction records of NFTs are saved on the blockchain.
If someone holds a BTC or a portion of it, the owned asset has exactly similar properties as other BTCs. But in the case of CryptoPunks or other NFTs, each CryptoPunk asset claims some unique features.
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CryptoPunks’ NFT #9004 has reportedly changed hands for 64 ETH tokens. This follows the sale of other CryptoPunk assets at high prices. Though cryptos and NFTs have separate features, many experts doubt the utility of both. Some also believe that much of the popularity of NFTs is because of the rise of cryptoassets like BTC and SHIB.
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