9 Most Expensive NFT Art at Any Time. Overview

most expensive nft art

Are you familiar with the latest and most popular blockchain craze? 

Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) have become big business with investors and collectors. So big that the prices for some NFTs have gotten genuinely insane!

For anyone unfamiliar with NFT art or crypto art, these pieces sell digitally through the cryptocurrency arena. An NFT is a one-of-a-kind object, and artists are seizing their opportunities to sell NFT works safely to online fans worldwide.

So what is the most expensive NFT art sold to date? Keep reading to find out!


most expensive nft art

Artist Mike Winkelmann has created digital art images daily since May 1, 2007. He completed image number 5,000 on January 7, 2021, and he minted an NFT of all his images called Everydays: The First 5000 Days.

The NFT went to market through Christie’s, a leading global auction house, and it sold for more than $69 million!  

This singular event truly thrust NFTs into the world spotlight, and Winkelmann (better known by his alias Beeple) continues to produce art daily that he posts to his Instagram account.


An anonymous digital artist known only as “Pak” created NFT artwork called The Merge. On December 6, 2021, it sold through Nifty Gateway, a “decentralized marketplace” where digital artists list their NFTs for sale to collectors. 

The Merge sold for $98.1 million! But there was a catch.

While Pak’s artwork got listed as a single piece, it’s actually a digital collection called “masses” that users could purchase fractionally. In total, The Merge became 312,686 pieces sold to 28,983 collectors. 

In the future, some collectors make stockpile their pieces of The Merge for sale through a secondary marketplace, but for now, it’s the most expensive NFT art sold to date. 


most expensive nft art

Beeple is the preeminent digital artist and creator of NFT artworks globally, so much so that another work he created called Human One sold at auction through Christie’s for $29 million.



For this selection, we’re traveling back to 2018! That year, digital artist XCopy created a GIF in an NFT format called Right-Click and Save as Guy.

In December 2021, the artist listed and sold this digital artwork on the decentralized marketplace SuperRare for 1,600 ETH (a cryptocurrency called Ethereum), which is almost $7.1 million.



If Beeple made NFT artwork explode, two developers named Matt hall and John Watkinson are equally responsible for inventing crypto art that has spawned the NFT movement.  

In 2017, Hall and Watkinson created software to generate thousands of different characters grouped into series, and they called the entire project CryptoPunks

CryptoPunk #3100 is from the rare Alien Punks series, and it’s famous for an Alien in a blue and white headband. The headband is a big deal because only 406 of the 10,000 CryptoPunks characters have headbands!

When CryptoPunk #3100 was listed and sold in March 2021, it received a $2 million bid before selling for $7.58 million—and it’s not over yet! 

This NFT is currently listed for sale at 35,000 ETH, roughly $100 million at current exchange rates.


Another rare selection from the Alien Punks series is Punk #7523. This character got listed in the “Natively Digital” auction through Sotheby’s, and it sold for $11.7 million!


Understanding CryptoPunks

9 Most Expensive NFT Art at Any Time. Overview

In December 2021, a character from the Ape Punks series, Punk #4156, sold for $10 million (roughly 2,500 ETH), lifting CryptoPunks to even more iconic status in the global NFT space.



Ringers #109 is part of a generative art collectible, also known as Art Blocks, part of a collection totaling 99,000 NFTs. In October 2021, #109 sold for 2,100 ETH or $6.93 million. It’s unbelievable how it’s become one of the most expensive nft art.


Stay Free is an extraordinary digital artwork for a notorious reason!

It’s the only NFT known to be created by Edward Snowden, the famous whistleblower who leaked classified information from the US government in 2013.

This piece includes the entire landmark court decision ruling against the National Security Agency (NSA) for violating existing security laws. As far as artwork goes, it also consists of a portrait of Snowden taken by famed British photographer Platon.

Stay Free sold for precisely $6,040,050.40 at an auction held by the Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF) on April 16, 2021.

What Does the Future Hold?

The popularity of NFTs and crypto art doesn’t seem to be dying off any time soon, but we do wonder how high the prices will go for digital artwork now and into the future.

If you’re interested in this fascinating new form of online investing, you can research the suitable projects to mint and, with some patience, you may score a tidy little fortune down the line!