Azuki’s Second Rarest NFT Sells for $1.4M, Joins Class of Most Expensive NFTs

Azuki’s second-rarest NFT, #9605 has sold for 420.7 ETH, approximately $1.4M joining BAYC and Cryptopunks in the list of the most expensive NFTs ever sold.
Image source: Azuki/OpenSea

Quick take:

  • A rare Azuki NFT sold for 420.7 ETH, approximately $1.4 million.
  • The Azuki #9605 now joins some of BAYC and Cryptopnks in the list of the most expensive NFTs ever sold.
  • It is the second-rarest character in the Azuki collection and was sold by RedBeanDAO member “trevault” to “jdizzles”.

The Azuki NFT collection continues to gain popularity after its second-rarest NFT, Azuki #9605 sold for 420.7 ETH, approximately $1.4 million. By joining the million-plus dollar club, it joins an exclusive class of Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) and Cryptopunks NFTs, which crossed the threshold. 

According to the transaction history on OpenSea, the NFT was bought by a trader called “jdizzles” from “trevault”, who is a member of the RedBeanDAO.

The Azuki collection was launched in January by LA-based startup Chiru Labs through a triple-phased blind auction, before revealing the characters weeks later.

The collection features 10,000 NFTs, which grant owners access to a place called The Garden. 

The startup describes The Garden as “a corner of the internet where art, community and culture fuse to create magic.”

According to the data provided by NFT statistics platform Cryptoslam, Azuki climbed to second place in transaction volume over the last 24 hours, reaching $8.26 million. Cumulatively, it is ranked 9th in the all-time sales volume with $463 million.

Azuki has already been adopted by various projects in the metaverse, making it one of the first Web3 anime creations to go mainstream. The collection is based on popular Japanese characters and features artists from Silicon Valley.

Its leadership is composed of former Facebook and Google executives, while Activision Blizzard’s art director is also on the board.

The Azuki #9605 derives its rarity from a number of features, including a starry night background and a grey face. The buyer of this NFT is also popular for paying a record $580,000 for “Invisible Friends” NFT number #1125 earlier this month.

So far, Azuki’s most expensive NFTs have sold at a price ranging between $353,000 and $1.4 million.

This is still below the BAYC’s range, which boasts the highest-ever sale at $2.9 million and even further below Cryptopunks, whose highest sale went for $23.7 million, with a handful of other sales going for eight-digit dollar figures.

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