CryptoPunks NFT Sold for Record-Breaking 8,000 ETH
CryptoPunk #5822 sells for 8,000 ETH, nearly $24M, Doubling Previous Record.
CryptoPunks predate the contemporary NFT frenzy by years, and the 2017 Ethereum profile picture collection has become a legend in the non-fungible token (NFT) sector. Thus, hundreds of CryptoPunks have sold for million dollars or more in ETH, but one transaction of roughly $24 million recently broke the collection's previous record.
The sale of CryptoPunk #5822 is now considered to be the largest CryptoPunks NFT purchase in history, verified by Crypto Punks Twitter Bot. Deepak Thapliyal, the CEO of Chain, also known as Deepak.eth on the Ethereum blockchain, purchased the NFT. The 8,000 ETH transaction shatters the previous record of the "COVID Alien" CryptoPunk #7523 sold at Sotheby's "Natively Digital: A Curated NFT Sale" event in June 2021.
Deepak Thapliyal said that he bought the NFT with leverage, smashing the previous high Punk sale. He further tweeted that he paid for the CryptoPunk using leverage via DeFi platform Compound Finance, informing Compound founder Robert Leshner, “Thanks to Compound Finance I am able to still [hold] ETH while buying this. Basically long’d ETH to punk-in.”
His new Punk includes the most rare avatar type: ‘Aliens’ make up only nine CryptoPunks out of a total of 10,000 avatars. This Punk was last sold in July 2017 for 8 ETH, or just over $1,600 at the time.