The first dedicated and the most significant sale of Bored Ape Yacht Clubcollectibles ever offered for sale – achieved $26,228,000, marking the highest total for an NFT auction held at the auction house. Featuring two lots created by Yuga Labs, 101 Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs sold for $24,393,000 while 101 Bored Ape Kennel Club NFTs brought $1,835,000. The online sale saw bidders from 8 different countries with a majority of them new to Sotheby’s.
Each lot was comprised of 101 NFTs and the successful bidder of the 101 Bored Ape Yacht Club also received 6 additional NFTs, 3 M1 and 3 M2 rare Mutant serums, allowing them to generate a new “Mutant Ape” from one of the existing Apes in the collection, for a total of 107 NFTs.
Michael Bouhanna, Sotheby’s Co-Head of Digital Art, commented: “The Bored Ape Yacht Club project is one of the most exciting and creative NFT collectibles since the launch of CryptoPunks, and has become a major force in pop culture. Solidifying their importance, today’s extraordinary result is a defining moment for the NFT market and a testament to the enthusiasm and the strength of the close-knit BAYC community.”
One of the fastest-growing NFT phenomenons, Bored Ape Yacht Club has generated hundreds of millions in total market volume since its debut in April across the original BAYC collectibles as well as its Bored Ape Kennel Club and Mutant Ape Yacht Club collectibles. Notable owners include musician Jermaine Dupri, sports star Stephen Curry, and consumer brand AriZona Iced Tea. Together with CryptoPunks, BAYC represents a major trend where NFT art is community-driven, as buyers use their NFTs as social media avatars and access-only membership passes.
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