Despite a challenging year for NFT sales, Yuga Labs’ CryptoPunks and Bored Ape Yacht Club dominated the list of the most expensive NFT sales in 2023.

These two collections notably maintained their allure among collectors and investors, even in a year when the broader market experienced downturns and uncertainties.

The Most Expensive NFTs Sold in 2023 

Yuga Labs, initially known for its Bored Ape Yacht Club, and CryptoPunks, created by Larva Labs, saw a significant drop in their floor prices. Bored Ape Yacht Club’s floor price fell by 57.6%, while CryptoPunks experienced a 13.8% decrease from January 1 to November 28, 2023.

However, these collections still made up the majority of the top NFT sales of the year. Four sales each came from Bored Ape and CryptoPunks, joined by one Fidenza from Art Blocks and a Mutant Ape NFT.

The list of the most expensive NFT sales in 2023 is as follows:

  • CryptoPunks #5066 — 857 ETH: The highest-priced NFT sale in 2023, transacted on February 6, owing to being 1 of 88 “ZombiePunks” and having rare attributes like a knitted cap and an earring. 
  • Bored Ape Yacht Club #7090 — 800 ETH: Sold on February 7, this Bored Ape is distinguished by its unique features, including rainbow-colored teeth, gold fur, and heart glasses. 
  • Fidenza #545 — 625 ETH: The sole non-CryptoPunks or Bored Apes NFT on the list, sold on OpenSea, created by Tyler Hobbs’ generative NFT collection Art Blocks instead. 
  • CryptoPunk #7458 — 600 ETH: Another ZombiePunk with distinct traits, including sunglasses and a beard, sold on November 6.
  • Bored Ape Yacht Club #1734 — 600 ETH: Cherished for its solid gold fur and smoking a cigarette, sold on July 13.
  • CryptoPunks #8531 — 550 ETH: A rare “ZombiePunk” with stringy hair and shades, sold on July 15.
  • Bored Ape Yacht Club #4980 — 530 ETH: Sold on May 15 for its unique blend of rare traits, including its cute pink and blue party hat. 
  • Mutant Ape Yacht Club #30002 — 500 ETH: The only piece from the Mutant Ape Collection on this list, sold on September 1, is the sole NFT of the 20,000 MAYC NFTs with a “Mega Zombie” trait. 
  • CryptoPunk #3307 — 500 ETH: Different from the others, notable for having absolutely no attributes, sold on August 4.
  • Bored Ape Yacht Club #5116 — 440 ETH: Sold on March 7 due to its rarity traits (unshaven, golden crown, “scumbag eyes”, etc.). 

The high-value transactions of these NFTs, despite a general market downturn, indicate a continuing fascination with and confidence in the world of digital art and collectibles. As such, 2023 stands as a clear indicator of the selective resilience and potential of NFTs in the blockchain-centric landscape.

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