The CryptoPunks are a cast of 10,000 characters created at random. Each one is unique, and it can only be formally owned by a single individual on the Ether blockchain. Originally, they could be claimed for free by anybody with an Ether wallet, but all 10,000 were quickly claimed. They must now be purchased from a third party through the blockchain-based marketplace. Via this market, you can buy, bid on, and offer punks for sale. 

What does it mean to be a CryptoPunk?

The CryptoPunks are 24×24 pixel art images, generated algorithmically. The majority are punk-looking men and women, but there are a few unusual characters among them: apes, zombies, and even the occasional alien. Every punk has its profile page, which displays its characteristics as well as its ownership/for-sale status.

On Saturday, a non-fungible token (NFT) named CryptoPunk #8857 was sold on OpenSea, a peer-to-peer marketplace for NFTs, for 2,000 ether, or $6.63 million, making it the fourth most expensive digital collectible ever sold. 

The identities of the buyer and the seller were not immediately known.

What’s So Unique About The Crypto Punks?

Influenced By The punk Culture in London

The early days of the blockchain movement, according to Hall and Watkinson, had a loud, anti-establishment tone. It was a vibe they sought to convey through their Punks’ appearance. They say, ‘They needed to be a bunch of misfits and non-conformists.’ ‘The punk movement in London in the 1970s seemed like the proper style.’ Cyberpunk’s dystopian harshness, as exemplified by the film Blade Runner and William Gibson’s novel Neuromancer, was also a source of inspiration.

A Cryptopunk Can Only Be Owner By One Person: Official ownership of each piece is stated in a contract on the publicly visible Ethereum blockchain, in code praised by one fan as “elegant and elegantly crafted.” According to Larva Labs, the record is “incorruptible” and “promises to be incredibly long-lasting.” Every artwork’s ownership history is also monitored and archived in the blockchain.

The Collection of 10,000 Crypto Punks is Final And Irreversible: Because of the nature of blockchain, even if Larva Labs wanted to, they couldn’t change the existing series after the project went live. ‘It’s strange to consider what would have happened if we had only run the generator one more time or used the output from the penultimate run.

The Cryptopunks Market Is A Hive of Activity: Over 8,000 sales had been registered in the previous 12 months as of early April 2021, with an average sale price of 15.45 ether ($30,412.40). The total value of all sales is 127,360 ether ($251,620,000), and it’s increasing every day.

CryptoPunk 6965, a fedora-wearing ape Punk, sold for 800 ether ($1.5 million) in February. CryptoPunk 7804, the pipe-smoking alien’ referenced above, was sold for the equivalent of $7.5 million on March 11, 2021, the highest price ever paid for a Punk at the time. The next day, the record was broken. has been reaching height every day.

The High-Rollers Table At The NFT: The creators of CryptoPunks are now working full-time on NFTs. While they are unable to make any fundamental modifications to the CryptoPunks contract, they have attempted to improve the website’s marketplace while also joining the Discord group to monitor the ever-growing user base.

NFTs are currently taking the digital art and collectibles world by storm. NFTs have the potential to become a powerful accelerator for the creator economy and lower the barrier to entry for individual creatives to earn a living through digital commerce. NFTs have the potential to become a powerful accelerator for the creator economy and lower the barrier to entry for individual creatives to earn a living through digital commerce.