One of the most explosive and surprising trends during the crypto bull market that started in 2020 and peaked in 2021 was the rise of NFTs. Between 2020 and 2022, countless NFTs found buyers for millions of dollars.
One of the most sought-after and most expensive collections in the world is the NFT Monkey, which is made by Yuga Labs, the largest NFT studio in the world and the company behind other flagship NFT collections like Mutant Ape Yacht Club and CryptoPunks.
If you are wondering for how much the most expensive Bored Apes changed hands, you’ve come to the right place. In the following sections, you’ll find 12 of the most expensive monkey NFTs ever sold.
NFT Monkey (often referred to simply as “Bored Apes”) is a non-fungible token (NFT) collection on Ethereum featuring profile pictures of algorithm-generated cartoon apes. On any given day, BAYC is typically the most traded NFT collection.
At the time of writing, it has a floor price of 73 ETH (worth $119,000 at current rates), higher than virtually all other collections in the market. Without further ado, let’s explore the most expensive NFT monkeys sold to date.
|Name||Highest Price Sold||Highest Price Sold in ETH||Transaction Details|
|NFT Monkey #8817||$3,408,000||852 ETH||Tx info|
|NFT Monkey #3749||$2,907,016||740 ETH||Tx info|
|NFT Monkey #544||$2,860,000||675 ETH||Tx info|
|NFT Monkey #232||$2,807,395||1080 ETH||Tx info|
|NFT Monkey #8585||$2,702,583||697 ETH||Tx info|
|NFT Monkey #2087||$2,307,638||769 ETH||Tx info|
|NFT Monkey #7090||$2,272,620||600 ETH||Tx info|
|NFT Monkey #8135||$1,873,450||550 ETH||Tx info|
|NFT Monkey #4580||$1,919,105||666 ETH||Tx info|
|NFT Monkey #1837||$1,639,596||569 ETH||Tx info|
|NFT Monkey #3562||$1,631,222||430 ETH||Tx info|
|NFT Monkey #5199||$1,611,272||425 ETH||Tx info|
*data collected from Etherscan
BAYC #8817 is the most expensive Bored Ape ever sold. NFT, which was auctioned at Sotheby’s auction house in October 2021, was sold for approximately 852 ETH, worth more than $3.4 million at the time. This NFT is one of the top 20 rarest NFTs in the collection, according to NFT rarity scoring tools.
Sold by Jimmy to Brandon Buchanan, the NFT features solid gold fur with only 0.46% of the other NFT apes in the collection and a bored party horn rim 0.4%.
Jimmy, who sold BAYC #8817, is the 3rd largest collector of Bored Ape NFTs with 74 Bored Ape NFTs. When this NFT was sold on October 27, 2021, the Ethereum price was $4161.
Bored Ape Yacht Club #3749 is the second most expensive NFT Monkeys ever sold. It was purchased on September 6, 2021, by a user known as Boothy on The Sandbox metaverse. The ape features laser eyes found on 0.69% of other NFTs in the collection and solid gold fur with a rarity of 0.46%. Overall, BAYC #3749 is one of the rarest items in the BAYC collection.
BAYC #3749, which was traded when Ethereum was changing hands at around $3,930, was sold through the OpenSea marketplace for more than $2.9 million. It is worth noting that the popular NFT monkey was sold several times in 2021, increasing its value 7 times in 3 months.
The nearly $2.9 million price tag is certainly staggering – however, what’s even more startling is the fact that this wasn’t enough to crack the list of the most expensive NFTse ever sold.
The third entry on the list of most expensive monkey NFTs also features a gold fur, just like the two collectibles before it. Acquired by a Twitter influencer named Saint Bayview on November 23, 2021, NFT is one of the 35 rarest NFTs in the BAYC collection. ETH price at the time of this trade was $4237.
Solid gold fur Bored Apes have received a lot of attention from crypto and NFT investors. This Bored Ape’s sushi chef headband and tuxedo tee make it one of the most fun and unique Bored Ppe’s out there. With a price tag of $2,860,000, BAYC #544 is the third most expensive monkey NFT.
The fourth most expensive BAYC NFT is the item numbered #232. Sold on the LooksRare NFT marketplace, the monkey collectible was acquired by Chain CEO Deepak Thapliyal for 1080.69 ETH (worth over $2.8 million at the time) on January 30, 2022. Ranked among the rarest 300 NFTs of the 10,000 Bored Apes in the collection, the Bored Ape was later sold to another collector, Keungz, for 800 ETH ($927,000).
Like the Bored Apes before it, #232 also has solid gold fur, while its unique jacket is found in only 2.21% of all NFTs in the collection. In terms of ETH, BAYC #232 is the most expensive Bored Ape ever sold. It is worth noting that the Bored Ape found a new owner in November 2022, when its previous owner “keungz.eth” sold it for $947,000.
Finally, a Bored Ape with fur in different colors! Sold on October 19, 2021, on the world’s leading marketplace OpenSea for $2.7 million worth of ETH. The NFT draws attention with its trippy fur and the King’s Crown, with both of the rare traits appearing in 0.77% of all BAYC NFTs.
NFT Monkey #8585 was later sold on October 1, 2022, for 777 ETH, or approximately $1.032 million.
Among the coolest Bored Apes with a royal crown and heart-shaped sunglasses, the NFT was purchased by an anonymous person who also owns NFTs from other famous collections such as Art Blocks Curated NFTs, Fidenza, and CryptoPunks.
Bored Ape Yacht Club #2087, acquired by LeDegenz at OpenSea on September 30, 2021, is one of the 60 rarest NFTs in the collection. Just like #8585, this Bored Ape has trippy fur. ETH price at the time of sale was about $3000. The Bored Ape has only four traits (background, eyes, mouth, fur).
BAYC #2087, which has a very plain appearance except for its fur, has a cigarette in its mouth. The NFT was sold for 0.08 ETH in May 2021, which was only $229 at the time. This means that BAYC #2087 has gained roughly 10,000x in 5 months.
Another Bored Ape in solid gold fur… One of the rarest 80 NFTs in the collection, Bored Ape Yacht Club #7090 is a bored NFT ape with five traits wearing grooming outfits resembling a luxury hotel janitor.
The most striking feature of this Bored Ape is that it has teeth of different colors. Purchased by icanfly3 for $2.27 million on September 2, 2021, Bored Ape has a very good color match between his outfit and hat.
Created by a combination of five rare features, the NFT was sold for 199 ETH in August 2021, a month later it was priced nearly 3 times higher.
The eighth rarest Bored Ape in the collection, #8135, was acquired by MetalinkLabs in September 2021 for $1.87 million, according to Rarity Tools. This ape was later named “Mick Dagger” by MetalinkLabs. This ape even has a Twitter account.
Traiting the Unshaven Pizza characteristic found in only 0.26% of the other NFTs in the collection, this NFT also includes the Bored Unshaven Dagger trait found in 0.28% of the other NFTs in the collection.
Metalink is a blockchain application designed for online communication. The NFT’s previous owner, “TheArchitect”, sold BAYC #8135 to MetalinkLabs after just 18 days, making a profit of approximately $340,000.
NFT Monkey #4580 looks like a mix between a biker, a sailor, and a 3D movie goes. The unusual ape, whose body is covered with solid gold fur, is among the collection’s 280 rarest NFTs.
BAYC #4580, which was sold for more than $1.9 million on OpenSea in February 2022, sold for approximately 22 times higher than its price of $86,664 in June 2021. The person who bought NFT is n0b0dy.eth, a well-known investor in the NFT space.
The most striking feature of this Bored Ape wearing a turtleneck sweater is that it has crazy eyes popping out of its sockets. As we have seen many times in the list, the Bored Ape with solid gold fur was purchased by an unknown buyer named MoonPay. It is still unknown whether the person who bought the NFT was really the MoonPay cryptocurrency company or just anyone who took the MoonPay username.
Even weirder was that Deepak.eth, a well-known NFT collector, said that the person who bought this NFT was actually Elon Musk. The NFT sold through OpenSea is among the 260 rarest NFTs in the collection. At the time NFT was sold, the ETH price was $2,769. The Elon Musk rumors alone have been enough to make the Bored Ape NFT price skyrocket.
Purchased for over $1.6 million worth of ETH by a BAYC collector MachiBigBrother in the last days of 2021, this unshaven ape is dressed in a black suit. Creating a look that goes well with the flipped brim line in the same color as the suit, the Bored Ape gave its previous owner “sevenseason” a chance to make a profit of 12,500%.
There is also a Mutant Ape version of this Bored Ape transformed using M2 serum.
Relatively different from other Bored Apes on the list, this ape looks like a terminator with its robot fur and cyborg eyes. When the features of this ape, which has only four features, are combined, a frightening look is obtained.
One of the 65 rarest NFTs in the collection, BAYC #5199 was purchased by its previous owner for $14,000 and sold it for nearly 115 times higher, making a profit of almost $1.6 million.
The rapid rise in the BAYC collection’s popularity has attracted the attention of both companies and celebrities, while allowing NFT owners to earn sky-high returns on their investments.
While the NFT sector has cooled off a bit since its 2022 high, BAYC has retained its spot among the most popular digital collections, in large part thanks to its large community, a cryptocurrency called ApeCoin, and a metaverse under development called Otherside, which could eventually become one of the best metaverse NFT projects in the space.
If you are interested in NFTs but don’t know where to start, check out our guide on how to make money with NFTs in 2023, which covers the ins and outs of generating income with digital collectibles.