The artist who created the most expensive non-fungible token (NFT) ever sold has finally made his first profile-picture (PFP) NFT purchase.
On Tuesday afternoon, Mike Winkelmann, better known as Beeple, bought CryptoPunk #4953 for 113.7 ETH, which cost him $208,000, according to data from Etherscan.
While Beeple didn’t immediately confirm he purchased the punk, CryptoPunks Brand Lead Noah Davis posted a tweet sharing a text conversation he had with Beeple about the NFT purchase. It’s somewhat of a full circle moment for Davis, who previously worked in digital art sales at auction house Christie’s and helped facilitate the record-breaking $69 million sale of Beeple’s Everydays: The First 5,000 Days in March 2021.
Late Tuesday evening, Beeple shared an original digital artwork titled “A Punk Is Born,” featuring himself made up as his new punk, with CryptoPunk #4953 in the upper right corner of the image as well as on the tiny computer screen.
Beeple chose one of the rarer punks in the collection, making his purchase the most expensive NFT sold in the past 24 hours according to data from CryptoSlam.
The punk’s rarity traits include a mohawk, clown green eyes and a red clown nose. The nose, which the rarest punk trait of #4953, is only present in 2% of Punks according to marketplace OpenSea. Data from analytics tool Deep Value NFT shows that only one other Punk with this trait is currently listed at about 91.7 ETH, or $169,800.
Additional on-chain data shows that Beeple’s newly acquired Punk was previously purchased on February 4 2022 for 109 ETH by collector Twill – who still uses the PFP on his OpenSea account as of writing. However, the price of ether at the time was $3,000, which means Twill purchased it for $327,000 and took a sizable loss on the sale.
While Beeple may be new to the collector scene, he’s long been in the business of creating digital art. In March, he opened up a studio in Charleston, South Carolina to host in-person experiences bringing digital art creators and collectors together. This week, his Human One sculpture, which sold for $29 million in 2021, is on exhibit for the first time in the U.S. in the Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas.
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