20 NFT Examples that are Weird and Wonderful
NFTs have spread like wildfire since they first made headlines in 2021. By garnering the attention of the general public and celebrities, NFTs changed the way people look at digital assets. They gave a new angle to ownership, making people flock to this technology to own some of the unique things out there.
One of the enticing aspects of these assets is that anything believed to be valuable and stored digitally can be sold as NFT.
Although NFT art is a common and expensive NFT, one can witness innovation in other domains as well.
You can find more about NFTs and their types in our previous guides. However, for now, you can now read about popular NFT examples that got sold for an astronomical price in this post.
We have curated some of the best work that can inspire and give you some ideas to create or buy these unique collectibles.
Let’s look at 20 examples of NFT and what makes them unique.
Unique NFT examples in various categories
Here is the list of our NFT examples that are awe-inspiring and one-of-a-kind. See how these digital tokens are challenging the traditional way of ownership of items
Beeple’s “Everyday: The First 5000 Days”
This digital artwork is one of the prominent NFT art examples that set a milestone in the NFT artwork category. It is a splendid digital artwork auctioned off at Christie’s, a major auction house at an eye-popping $69 million.
The artwork was created by famed digital artist Mike “Beeple” Winkelmann, who is the “third most expensive living artist,” as per Artnet. This piece is a remarkable collage of 5,000 of Beeple’s earlier pieces since 2007, reflecting his development as an artist across his career.
Bored Ape Yacht Club
The Bored Ape Yacht Club is a well-known series of NFT profile images created on the Ethereum blockchain. Yuga Labs created these tokens, and currently, there are more than 10,000 of these profile pictures.
It is estimated that these NFTs sell for tens of thousands of dollars. Many high-profile celebrities purchase these tokens to add them as profile pictures.
According to CryptoSlam, Bored Ape NFTs have generated more than $750 million worth of trading volume, including subsequent variant sets.
The Bored Ape Yacht Club, as the name implies, is promoted as an exclusive club or social organization, and owning one of these coveted NFTs grants access to that membership.
Furthermore, owning a Bored Ape NFT allows the buyer to access other NFT collectibles, which the owner can resell for huge sums.
Jack Dorsey’s first tweet
Just when people were wrapping their heads around digital art, Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter, listed his first tweet as NFT. This tweet got sold for nearly $3 million and opened a new door for many possibilities.
Dorsey converted the proceeds from the NFT sale to bitcoin and donated to GiveDirectly, a charity foundation. This NFT is exceptional because it was the first tweet sent by Twitter’s co-founder.
CryptoPunks are 10,000 unique collectible characters that are one of the most expensive NFTs on the market. These are 24×24 pixel art photos of punk-looking boys and girls with a few unusual varieties, such as zombies, apes, and aliens.
It was in 2017 that John Watkinson and Matt Hall first created CryptoPunks. They produced these pixelated characters with different hats, hairstyles, and glasses to lend a unique appearance to each one of them.
One should note that each of these figures is unique and worth millions of dollars. Until now, the CryptoPunk platform has seen 2 billion token sales, and despite all innovations, the craze for these tokens is still alive and well.
Axie Infinity video game
Video games are one industry that is fully utilizing NFT technology. An example in this category is Axie Infinity, one of the world’s most valuable and popular NFT collections, with a large fan base. This is a play-to-earn game developed by Sky Mavis. It has its own environment and a slew of little monsters known as Axies.
Generally, it costs about USD 300 to play this game. However, there are a few things that users must know before plunging into it.
Usually, players can breed, raise, trade, and fight with other players or teams as part of the game. Additionally, they can resell or exchange the Axies for rewards with other players.
Several participants profited from the game, which generated over USD 780 million in sales in thirty days. One of the major attractions of this video game is its earning potential which draws people in.
The brainchild of Gary Vaynerchuk, VeeFriends are another NFT avatar series similar to CryptoPunks and Bored Apes. These are a set of NFTs inspired by the human traits that Vaynerchuk admires the most. Some of the characters in this series are the Astute Irish Terrier, the Astute Sommelier, and the Astute Polar Bear.
VeeFriends, like Bored Ape Yacht Club, represent membership in a group of like-minded people. Purchasing a VeeFriend entitles the owner to three years of free access to VeeCon, a multi-day conference. The conference is hosted by Vaynerchuk and focuses on business, creativity, marketing, and entrepreneurship. A single VeeFriends NFT now costs 13.25 ETH, i.e., roughly $41,000.
Michael Arrington’s studio apartment
TechCrunch Founder Michael Arrington created history in 2017 when he owned the Kiev Apartment studio NFT. The apartment was listed as an NFT and was sold for roughly $113,176 of ether. It is seen as a breakthrough in innovation and ownership concerning assets and properties.
This international transaction was the first-ever property sold and transferred on the blockchain. The entire transaction was through smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain using bitcoin.
This unique collectible NFT included:
- Access to ownership documentation
- Picture of the apartment
- Digital art NFT of the studio by Kiev graffiti artist, Chizz (a physical painting of the artwork is also painted on one of the apartment’s walls)
Gulfport four-bedroom house
Following the success of the Kiev Apartment studio, another property based out of Florida was auctioned off as an NFT. This kind of sale is believed to be a possible first in real estate and cryptocurrency. The Gulfport four-bedroom property was sold for $653,163 in ether, and the victorious bidder currently has the NFT, indicating ownership on-chain.
Moreover, the NFT holder owns the property through a limited liability corporation (LLC) that stores the crypto asset.
Furthermore, this token backed by real estate can be utilized as collateral by crypto borrowers and lenders.
“Charlie Bit My Finger”
Owing to the popularity of memes and videos, it comes as no surprise to see them in the NFT world. One such meme sensation that got converted into NFT is – “Charlie Bit My Finger,” which got sold for $5 million.
This is a classic video that shows baby Charlie biting the finger of his older brother Harry, who cries out the titular phrase. The colossal price can be attributed mainly to the popularity of this video.
The Doge meme is the image of the Shiba Inu named Kabuso that became an instant hit on social media. It is one of those memes that made it to the expensive non-fungible token list. This NFT made history in June 2021, when it got sold for a massive $4 million.
However, the story doesn’t stop there as PleasrDAO — the organization that owned the meme fractionalized it after two months, increasing its value multifold.
PleasrDAO split the meme into 17 billion piece ERC-20 tokens named ‘$DOG’ and listed 20% of these as NFTs for sale.
This essentially led the meme to be valued up to a massive 220 million dollars. The meme was listed for community ownership, where anyone can own a piece of it. Please note that this is not an ordinary meme like thousands out there but holds a particular space in the heart of the crypto community.
The Doge meme, often known as the “holy grail of internet culture,” is the current face of Dogecoin, which is the 8th largest cryptocurrency in the market with a capitalization of $39.35 billion. Since Kabuso was rescued from puppy mills by Atsuko, the dog has been in the limelight for numerous reasons.
The popularity of this meme shot up once again when Elon Musk tweeted, “Who let the Doge Out?”
Although it may sound absurd to many, it’s not unexpected that the NFT craze has prompted a slew of brands to cash in this madness. Pringles, for example, developed CryptoCrisp, which it claims as its “newest virtual NFT flavor.”
One of their flavors cost a hefty $2,542, and the company has released 50 more CryptoCrisp NFTs made by artist Vasya Kolotusha. It must be seen what the artist and the brand will come up with in the future.
3LAU’s music albums
While art blocks, memes, collectibles, and video games are ruling the NFT, Justin Blau, aka 3LAU, made a leap by releasing the NFT music album. Commemorating the third anniversary of his 2018 album Ultraviolet, 3LAU sold 33 digital albums for over $11.6 million.
In fact, just one song from “Ultraviolet” was sold for over $3.6 million. The 33 unique tokens (songs) were redeemed for unreleased music, special edition vinyl 3LAU albums, to memorable experiences. Additionally, all 33 bidders received an “Ultraviolet” vinyl NFT.
The success of Ultraviolet made way for other artists such as RAC, Steve Aoki, Grimes, Torres, etc., to experiment with the genre.
WarNymph by Grimes
WarNymph is an outstanding digital art collection by the sensational singer Grimes. The collection made a record and sold for a massive $5.8 million in just 20 minutes. One of the specialties of this collection is that some of the artwork in the collection is accompanied by music created by Grimes.
This piece was a digital portrayal of Grimes herself, created through a collaborative effort between Grimes and her artistic collaborator, Mac Boucher.
The artists stated that a portion of the proceeds from the NFT sales would be donated to carbon180, a non-profit dedicated to decreasing carbon emissions.
LeBron James Statue
This photo of LeBron James in a brilliant “Tomahawk Dunk Pose” was taken by photographer Kimani Okearak. The image was sold as sports memorabilia NFT for $21.6 million.
In addition to owning the NFT, the NFT buyer is promised a deal with the four-time NBA champion.
The origins of the internet
Berners-Lee, an English scientist, constructed this NFT depicting the original source code of the World Wide Web or internet (invented in 1989). This incredible token got sold for a hefty price of $5.4 million.
Representing the source code of WWW, this is an excellent NFT piece with historical value. Moreover, coming from the creator himself adds credibility to this token, making it more desirable among the buyers.
Athletic Career Token
As bizarre as it seems, Croatian tennis player Oleksandra Oliynykova auctioned off a small section of her arm as an NFT.
“It is an extremely rare opportunity – as this is the only place on my body I plan to offer as an NFT. Also, as far as I know, this is the very first tattoo NFT offered by a professional athlete – so you will become a part of sports history,” stated the player on the NFT market space.
The buyer will have exclusive ownership of a small section of the player’s arm, and they can ink a tattoo in that space.
“My NFT is your lifetime exclusive right for space on my right arm & shoulder,” states Oliynykova.
She further explains – “You can place your art object in the form of a tattoo or body art here.
You can leave it blank – but you will know it’s yours.
You can resell it for a higher price when I play at Wimbledon or Roland Garros.
Finally, you can burn it if you want.
I will bring your art object or message to every tennis court I play. As I am only 20 years old and my sports career is on the rise, I believe it’s gonna be the biggest tennis location in the world.”
Coca-Cola’s entrance into the crypto-world was a major hit with its fans and crypto community. The brand’s first-ever NFT collectibles garnered a winning bid of $575,883.61 in the auction, making it an instant sensation among its fans.
The four multi-sensory, friendship-inspired NFTs were auctioned off as a single “loot box” over 72 hours. This Friendship Box is a reimagined vintage Coca-Cola cooler with dynamic motion and illumination housing three other NFTs:
- Custom-designed Coca-Cola Bubble Jacket that one can wear in the Decentraland 3D virtual reality platform
- Sound Visualizer illustrates the recognizable sonics of enjoying a Coca-Cola
- Coca-Cola Friendship Card with updated artwork from 1948.
In addition to these, the winning bidder received a real-life, fully stocked Coca-Cola refrigerator.
Mark Cuban’s inspirational quote
Another popular entry to the NFT club is the inspirational quote by Mark Cuban, which got sold for $1,700. The NFT consists of a digital image of Mark Cuban with the words, “Nobody ever changed the world by doing what everyone else was doing — Mark Cuban” pasted on top of it.
Apart from this quote, Cuban had listed another 10 sets of quotes up for sale, valued at 0.96 ether.
Steve Aoki’s NF-TV
DJ Steve Aoki is another proponent of NFT similar to 3LAU. The musician partnered with Stoopid Buddy Studios to create the first NFT episodic series – Dominion X. it must be seen how the streaming space will fit into the crypto world. However, “Dominion X ” sold 500 NFTs in 30 seconds, bolstering Aoki on his NFT trip’s silver-screen potential.
The team hopes to steer into a new era in television and streaming by allowing customers to own the programs they watch.
When You See Yourself by Kings of Leon’s
Kings of Leon, an American rock band, joined in on the NFT fun by releasing their album as an NFT.
The album earned $2 million, with about 7000 copies sold. Additionally, six ‘Golden tickets’ were also sold that guaranteed the owners four front-row seats at every Kings of Leon tour for life.
The crypto world is moving faster than expected. PFP (short for Profile Picture) collections dominated the crypto space, with notable collections like Bored Apes, Dead Fellaz, Cool Cats, Pet rocks, and Coolman’s Universe stealing the show. Apart from that, video games such as The Sandbox, Sorare, CryptoKitties, and Splinterlands also created waves.
Furthermore, videos, sports moments, memes, tweets, and, not to forget, the ever outstanding digital art occupied the space with record-winning sales. One can find that the working potential of NFTs is nearly endless. If the coming years are similar to 2021, blockchain technology and NFTs will disrupt many sectors.
Thus, if you plan to create your own, be ready to face a stiff challenge as getting your NFTs noticed will be more complex.
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