Impossible Furniture NFT
Andrés Reisinger

The Weirdest NFTs That People Have Bought

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Impossible Furniture NFT
Andrés Reisinger

Bubble Digits

Just understanding the “non-fungible token” is difficult, even for the tech savvy, but that doesn’t keep NFTs from selling for millions of dollars. Their purpose, after all, is to manufacture exclusivity, because owning a one-of-a-kind thing — say, the “Mona Lisa” — is light years from snapping a photo of the painting at a museum. When you buy an NFT, you're actually buying a line of unalterable software code (the “token”) that records sales; you use digital currency such as Bitcoin to make the purchase on the “blockchain,” a record book everyone can see. That lets you prove you’re the sole owner of some kind of asset, whether it's a Tweet, a plot of “land” in a video game, an undrinkable beer, a two-minute video of a cat purring or, most commonly, digital artwork. That means that people have been buying and selling all kinds of weird stuff, and sometimes for vast sums of money — a possible new kind of tech bubble.


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Taco Bell NFT
Taco Bell

Taco Bell Taco-Themed Collection

Price: $69 million

Would you pay for a burrito you couldn't bite into or cover in diablo sauce? Someone did. For $69 million, they now own the first Taco Bell NFT collection and its taco-adorned gifs. That's a ridiculous sum of money, but at least all the profits went to the Taco Bell Foundation, a charity for youth scholarships.


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A Symphony of Recorded Farts

Price: $85

Of course someone, somehow, was going to get farts into NFTs. That person was Alex Ramirez-Mallis, who recorded his and his friends' farts over a year's time and minted them into NFTs. There are individual farts for sale and "one calendar year of recorded farts." A 52-minute symphony of the year's noises sold for a whole $85 — small price to pay to not have to smell them.

Charmin Toilet Paper NFT
Charmin

Digital Toilet Paper

Price: $4,100

It seems like most people buying NFTs are in it to be cool, so it's a little surprising that someone actually bought digital toilet paper. Charmin minted NFTs featuring images or gifs of rolls of TP festooned with flowers or poop emojis and "enjoy the go." If you buy one, it comes with a physical display to hang by your toilet. All proceeds go to charity. 


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Mars House NFT
Krista Kim

Virtual House

Price: $512,000

Designed by Canadian artist Krista Kim, a virtual home called Mars House sold for over half a million dollars. She designed the house to be meditative and calming, working with a designer to create a virtual space with a program usually used to create video games. The only way you can experience the home is through virtual reality; the buyer will be sent a 3D digital file.

Impossible Furniture NFT
Andrés Reisinger

Impossible Furniture

Price: $450,000

Need some digital furniture to go in that virtual house? Argentinian designer Andrés Reisinger can help. The furniture artist has sold what he calls the impossible furniture collection — surreal pieces of furniture that don't look all that comfortable, honestly — to place in any shared 3D virtual space, even games such as Minecraft.

Grimes
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Winged War Babies

Price: $5.8 million

Canadian artist and musician Grimes, who's better known as Elon Musk's on-again-off-again girlfriend, created 10 digital works of art: winged naked babies with tattoos and spears guarding the planet Mars. Are those babies in this dark and exceedingly weird scene protecting the planet from the colonization attempts of her ex? Who knows, but they sold for $5.8 million total.


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Non-Fungible Twig for Dogs
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Non-Fungible Twig for Dogs

Price: $1,200

Will Fido appreciate a stick he can't fetch? If you think so, grab this $1,200 stick NFT, also known as a non-fungible twig. The lucky bidder gets a "one-of-a-kind, original artwork curated by a dog for dogs" — an image of the stick sent via email — but uniquely, also the actual stick! It was plucked from a West Village sidewalk with a "putrid smell of overflowing trash that makes the area so irresistible to dogs."

Side Eyeing Chloe
@SideEyeingChloe / foundation.app

Side Eyeing Chloe

Price: $73,953

Whether you recognize the name "Side Eyeing Chloe" or not, you've definitely seen the meme at some point. The toddler looking at the camera trepidatiously has become a catch-all response to any outrageous or cringe-worthy content. Her mom, Katie Clem, decided to cash in and mint the meme. It sold for $73,953 to a music label, and the money is going toward Chloe's college fund.

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World Wide Web Source Code

Price: $5.4 million

The World Wide Web was invented by a British computer scientist named Sir Tim Berners-Lee in 1989. He decided to auction off the original time-stamped source code as an NFT named — appropriately — “This Changed Everything.” It was auctioned by Sotheby's to an unknown buyer. 


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The First Tweet

Price: $2.9 million

In another internet first, Jack Dorsey, the founder of social media network Twitter, decided to auction off his first tweet, which makes it the first tweet ever. The tweet read, "just setting up my twttr" in a perfunctory, this-is-a-test way. It was bought by the CEO of a Malaysian blockchain company. 


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Colors

Price: $8,000

It doesn't seem like anyone could own a color, but technically now you can, whether that means anything or not. One company is creating NFTs of specific colors — 1,690 of them — and putting them into categories of “standard,” “epic,” and “legendary.” The most expensive one, Coffee, sold for 2,000 tez, or around $8,000. If you'd like a measly standard color, those can be had for around $80.

The Art of Banksy
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A Patch of Arm Skin

Price: $5,000

If selling parts of your body on the internet is part of the dystopian future, the future is now. Croatian tennis player Oleksandra Oliynykova sold a 15-by-18-centimeter patch of skin on her right arm for sponsorship money. It's advertising space, and the buyer can dictate what tattoo goes in the spot.

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A Tweet of Terrible Fyre Festival Food

Price: $80,000

The Fyre Festival, a fraudulent music festival in the Bahamas in 2017, quickly entered the zeitgeist as an outrageous bait-and-switch; documentaries were made for Hulu and Netflix. One attendee, Trevor DeHaas, tweeted an infamous photo of a terrible sandwich he was served, and last year turned that tweet into an NFT. It sold for $80,000 and he used the money to pay for his kidney transplant. At least something good came out of that festival.


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Axie Infinity
Axie Infinity

Digital Game Property

Price: $1.5 million

Buying things in games isn't new, but making those things into NFTs is. In 2021, a user of the game Axie Infinity bought a piece of digital land in the game for $1.5 million, the largest digital land sale recorded at the time. What are they going to do with that very expensive property? Breed cute digital monsters on it, apparently.

Disaster Girl NFT
@DisasterGirl / foundation.app

Disaster Girl

Price: $473,000

Another little girl capitalizing on her young internet fame as a meme is Zoe Roth, otherwise known as Disaster Girl. She's seen smiling mischievously in front of a house fire in the infamous photo, making it look like she may have started it. (It's a controlled burn, thankfully.) Now in her early 20s, Roth decided to mint the original digital photo; it sold for almost a half a million dollars.

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An Article About NFTs

Price: $1,814

In perhaps the most meta NFT of all, an NFT explainer article by Samanth Subramanian and David Yanofsky on the website Quartz was minted and sold as an NFT itself. The money it made was donated to the International Women's Media Foundation.


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Numbers

Price: $4,500

Just like colors, you can now own numbers, apparently. The N Project sells numbers as NFTs, made with eight digits using a random-number generator. You can buy and sell them for a few hundred dollars, though some have fetched higher prices. The weirdest part is that anyone's buying them at all. 

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A Collective Digital Artwork

Price: $91.8 million

No, that figure is not a typo. An anonymous artist named Pak created a simple digital picture of spheres on a black background. It was sold in pieces that were called masses, which were initially sold for $525 each. Over two days in December, 28,983 buyers picked up 312,686 pieces for a total end value of $92 million for a single artwork. It's the most expensive NFT ever sold.


Mike Winkelmann
Mike Winkelmann by Mike Winkelmann (CC BY-SA)

Beeple Digital Artwork

Price: $69.3 million

If an artwork being owned by thousands of people seems like cheating to you, then this is actually the most expensive NFT ever sold. An artist named Beeple created a digital artwork called “The First 5000 Days” that was a composite of 5,000 images he made once per day from 2007 to 2020. The auction started at a measly $100, but cryptocurrency and NFT enthusiasts sent it skyrocketing.