Sotheby’s will auction off 104 CryptoPunks Feb. 23, the New York auction house said Tuesday. The non-fungible tokens (NFTs) carry an estimated value of $20 to $30 million.
Michael Bouhanna, Sotheby’s co-head of digital art, described the sale as a “first-of-its kind” and “monumental” in part due to its focus on CryptoPunks.
“CryptoPunks are the original PFP series that created the template for other NFT projects that have followed, and which helped propel NFTs to the global stage as one of the most recognizable visual styles that have become synonymous with the digital art movement,” Bouhanna said in a statement.
The group of CryptoPunks set to be auctioned off was originally acquired together in a single transaction by the anonymous collector “0x650d.” CryptoPunks, which were released in 2017 by studio Larva Labs, currently have a floor price of $210,374 each, according to crypto data provider NFT Price Floor.
For the evening auction, Sotheby’s will accept cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ether, as well as fiat currencies. All 104 CrypoPunks will be bundled together in a single-lot sale.
However, this isn’t Sotheby’s first foray into blockchain-based digital collectibles.
Sotheby’s launched an NFT marketplace called Sotheby’s Metaverse in October 2021, making it the first auction house to start such a platform. Sotheby’s later sold CryptoPunk #7523 for $11.8 million in June 2021.
Sotheby’s dubbed its performance in 2021 as “the strongest total in [the] company’s 277-year history,” in an annual report, in part due to its $100 million of NFT sales.