The NFT landscape has become a flourishing ecosystem enabling creators to embark remarkable NFTs to marketplaces worldwide. One such creator is Yuga Labs, the brain behind the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) NFTs.
Minted on the Ethereum network on April 20, 2021, the 10,000 NFT collection rapidly became expensive assets with exquisite and classical traits. Coupled with their rarity score, which marks their uniqueness, each punky Ape in this collection grants holders access to tons of utility in the decentralized space. Below are the top five most expensive BAYC NFTs ever sold.
Bored Ape #2087 is the 5th most expensive BAYC NFT sold. It was sold at 769 ETH, approximately $2,307,638.27 (at $3,000/ETH) on September 30, 2021, to LeDegenz on OpenSea. The cigarette smoking Ape ranks 53rd with a rarity score of 3416.52. It also has the rarest colorful fur, only found in 77 Apes in the collection. It is owned by user 82D438 and has four traits highlighted in the table below.
The Bored Ape #8585 is the 4th most expensive BAYC NFT ever sold. It was sold on OpenSea for $2,702,582.65, translating to approximately 697 ETH on October 19, 2021. This crowned Bored Ape was sold once again for 777 ETH on October 1, 2022. This Ape is owned by DrinkNeuro-Vault and ranks 423rd with a rarity score of 2567. It is one of the 77 crowned Apes with trippy fur in a collection of 10,000 Bored Apes. The five traits it has been highlighted below.
Bored Ape #232 is the third most expensive BAYC NFT sold. It was sold on LooksRare to Chain CEO Deepak Thapliyal on January 30, 2022, at 1,080.69 wETH, which translates to approx $2,807,394.87. This NFT has a rarity score of 2713.30 and ranks 324 in a collection of 10,000 NFTs. Deepak Thapliydal recently sold this ape to a collector named collector Keungz for $927.000 (800 ETH). This famous NFT has the six traits highlighted below.
This Bored Ape #3749 is the second most expensive BAYC NFT sold. This 11th-rarest Bored Ape was sold to a user known as boothy to SandboxGame at 740 ETH (approximately $2.91M) on September 6, 2021. Unlike Ape #8817, Ape #3749 (also known as “The Captain”) has a rarity score of 3862.91 and shooting laser eyes alongside other traits shown in the table below.
The Bored Ape #8817 is the most expensive BAYC NFT sold. It ended up topping the list as the most costly NFT when auctioned at the notable Sotheby’s auction house. It sold for $3,408,000, approximately 819 ETH. The Ape has a rarity score of 3820 and is the 16th-rarest NFT in the BAYC collection with the following traits.
Jimmy, the 3rd largest BAYC NFTs holder, sold the Bored Ape to crypto investor Brandon Buchanan. Jimmy owns 74 Bored Apes, which combined is approximately 5,794,753 ETH.
The BAYC is a collection of 10,000 NFTs with seven traits defining their respective rarity. Although NFTs’ rarity usually influences their market worth, other factors like the market price of ETH and how appealing they are to enthusiasts and investors also contribute to their prices on marketplaces. Other expensive Bored Apes in the BAYC collection that deserve an honorable mention can be seen below.
- Bored Ape #7090 sold at $2,272,620 (600 ETH)
- Bored Ape #8135 sold at $1,873,449 (550 ETH)
- Bored Ape #1837 sold at $1,575,561 (569 ETH)
- Bored Ape #820 sold at $875,481.60 (210 ETH)
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