An ultra-rare cryptopunk is scheduled for some additional stage time at a hotly anticipated upcoming auction.
In a tweet today, luxury auction house Sotheby’s announced that the sale of cryptopunk # 7530, also known as “Kovid Alien”, will be offered during the “special, standalone” auction. Punk was previously announced as part of a “natively digital” event, which Highlight History of NXT and CryptoArt with some pieces including what Many people consider NXT for the first time, Kevin McCoy’s “Quantum”, an animation that was modeled on the Nemcoin blockchain in 2014.
We are happy to announce that. Alien Cryptopunk # 7523 from the collection of @sillytuna Now a special, standalone live will be offered during the auction as part of ‘Natively Digital: A Curated NXT Sale’. Tune into the livestream on June 10 at 10:00 am. https://t.co/fKgbRynwlx
– Sotheby’s (@Sothebys) May 28, 2021
The auction comes on the heels of several high-profile NXT sales from rival auction house Christie. Except for a 9 Cryptopunks’ $ 17 Million Sale Earlier This Month, Christies a. Hosted sales Beeple retrospective collage that brought in $ 69 million – The highest NXT selling price ever, and the third most expensive work ever sold by a living artist. The move to singles also shows that Sotheby’s is keen on Join the trend of NXT becoming an accepted form of high art.
How much Alien Punk will receive is a hot topic of conversation among NXT collectors. On-chain data shows that Punk’s last public sale was for 8 ETH in 2017, though the current owner told Cointegraph in an interview that he had recently acquired collectibles in the OTC deal.
The most recent on-chain overseas sale was Cryptopunk # 3100, which sold for 4,200 ETH – more than $ 10 million at today’s ETH prices.
“It would not be a popular opinion, but I think” [Covid Alien] NXT collector and NXT 42 developer Nate Hart warned, “will go for less than the previous one.” “I hope it breaks 5M but I think 10M is probably the upper limit. There is such a limited pool of buyers at that level.”
Punk’s current owner, NXT collector “Silituna,” historically modeled the sale.
He said, “I had always planned to do something interesting, but I had no objection to it happening, even when ten years away.” “He was already named as a proponent of NXT, I am eager to gradually educate the wider world on his potential. To do this we have to put markers like this.”
“It was never about the money,” he said.
However, as Sotheby’s announced the inclusion of Panko notes, Cryptopunks are used as profile pictures, causing many NXT OGs to identify themselves: “Punk is said more as a profile picture than a picture of the person behind the account.”
Thankfully, Sillytuna has a (significantly less expensive) backup ready – a visual human punk with an orange bean.
– Silituna (@sillytuna) 8 May, 2021
However, Hart suspects that high-profile auction programs are bringing a new crowd to the market.
“I think it’s nice to see NXT hit these markets, but I don’t know if they’re really bringing any outside interest. Even the big rich people don’t spend 7 figs on something like that. Do what they don’t understand. “
The livestream of the auction will be held on June 10 at 10:00 am EST.