Odell Beckham Jr. Gets Into NFT Space, Purchases CryptoPunk

Odell Beckham Jr. has recently bought CryptoPunk 3365 from Soby and proudly put his NFT purchase on full display as his avatar across his social media accounts.

Odell Beckham Jr. attends the Burberry Autumn/Winter 2020 show.

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Odell Beckham Jr. attends the Burberry Autumn/Winter 2020 show.

Odell Beckham Jr. has entered the NFT game with the purchase of a CryptoPunk, or CryptoPunk 3365, to be exact.  

CryptoPunk 3365, which was previously owned by Soby, is currently being proudly put on display as his avatar across all social media platforms. 

hey nice punk @obj
glad its yours now pic.twitter.com/0osL0KXtLR

— soby is on arbitrum !finalform (@sobylife) August 19, 2021

ill miss you punk #3365, im glad you found a new loving home https://t.co/oSUcWLuxWY

— soby is on arbitrum !finalform (@sobylife) August 19, 2021

CryptoPunks were created in 2017 by Larva Labs founders Matt Hall and John Watkinson, and features approximately 10,000 8-bit style “Punks” that have their own unique personality and combination of distinctive, randomly generated features, according to Christie’s. Of those 10,000 Punks, 6,039 are male and 3,840 are female, with a select few containing specific features, or accessories. 

For example, Beckham’s CryptoPunk 3365 is one of 526 to have a shadow beard, one of 447 to sport “wild hair,” and one of just 238 to be smiling. Given the exclusive nature of NFTs, each Punk can be owned by only one person. 

Some Punks contain fantastical features, which make them more rare than others, and as you can expect, cost quite a bit more. In June, CNBC reported DraftKings shareholder Shalom Meckenzie bought CryptoPunk 7523, commonly referred to as “Covid Alien,” for $11.8 million. “Covid Alien” is one of nine “alien punks” and the only one to have a mask. 

Moments ago in our #London saleroom, an extremely rare “Alien” CryptoPunk #7523 from the collection of @sillytuna sold for $11.8M as part of our #NativelyDigital NFT auction – setting a new world auction record for a single CryptoPunk. pic.twitter.com/PDVUSttI3o

— Sotheby's (@Sothebys) June 10, 2021

A collection of nine rare CryptoPunks were purchased in May for nearly $17 million. Another “alien punk” was included in that group. 

#AuctionUpdate 9 rare CryptoPunks from Larva Labs' own collection makes history realizing $16,962,500 pic.twitter.com/qsPs5nqVYY

— Christie's (@ChristiesInc) May 12, 2021

“CryptoPunks have become among the most sought after NFTs on the market,” Michael Bouhanna, contemporary art specialist at Sotheby’s, previously told CNBC Make It. “We’ve seen strong interest from both traditional art clients and collectors from the NFT community — and bidding starts at only $100.” 

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