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Ethereum NFTs rally with EtherRock and BAYC leading sales


Updated 4:30pm UTC: Added a comment from Ilan Rakhmanov, the founder and CEO of ChainGPT

Ethereum-native nonfungible tokens (NFTs) are starting to make a comeback, following growing NFT sales figures this week.

Wrapped Ether Rock #46 sold for $496,658 on Monday, four days after Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) #1726 was sold for $668,297, according to NFT data aggregator CryptoSlam. These represent the second and third-largest sales of the month, following the $1.53 million sales of CryptoPunk #5363 on Jan. 31.

According to Anndy Lian, intergovernmental blockchain expert and author of the book “NFT: From Zero to Hero,” wrapped Ether Rock and BAYC NFTs aren’t just NFTs but represent a status symbol that grants the holder prestige in the NFT community:

“The crypto market is anticipated to be more bullish. This brings the degen narrative back to the scene where this is a way to show their social and cultural capital of the NFTs.” 

BAYC #1726 historical sales data. Source: CryptoSlam

While the sale of BAYC #1726 seemed a strategic move, the Wrapped Ether Rock NFT sale paints a different NFT trend, Ilan Rakhmanov, the founder and CEO of ChainGPT, told Cointelegraph:

 “The Ether Rock sale seems like a price pump by someone who is trying to get more attention to the collection, as the actual sale price is much higher than any offer, which averages around $500.”

Ethereum’s NFT sales volume rose 99.42% in the past seven days to $159.5 million, driven by a 25% sales increase by the Nobody NFT collection, which generated $8.76 million worth of weekly sales for the network. Bitcoin’s NFT sales fell 25% to $47.5 million during the same period.

According to Yehudah Petscher, NFT Strategist at CryptoSlam, NFT traders are shifting back to Ethereum, following a surge of interest in Bitcoin Ordinals inscriptions and Solana-native NFTs.

“We used to just have cycles between assets, like crypto, memecoins, NFT art, and NFT PFPs. Now, we have cycles between blockchains to factor in, too. Traders move to where there’s liquidity and opportunity, and they saw those opportunities elsewhere.”

Contributing to Ethereum’s sales increase, the Pudgy Penguins NFT collection’s floor price rose to a new all-time high of 21.5 ETH ($53,427) on Sunday before retracing to the current 20.28 ETH ($50.395). This is 13.1% away from the 22.94 ETH ($57,000) floor price of the Bored Ape Yacht Club, the second-largest Ethereum-native NFT collection, according to NFTPriceFloor data.

Top NFT Collections by Market Cap. Source: NFTPriceFloor

The seven-day sales volume of Pudgy Penguins also rose 143% to $6.8 million, making it the fourth-largest NFT collection by weekly sales volume across all blockchains, according to CryptoSlam.

Interest in the collection started surging in December after the announcement of Pudgy World Alpha, a blockchain-based, open-world gaming experience set to release in Q1 2024.

The NFT market has been in a downtrend since May 2022. The floor prices of the top blue-chip NFT collections, CryptoPunks and BAYC, are down 48% and 82% from their all-time highs, respectively.

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