Additional Comments by Anndy Lian
Pudgy Penguins floor price reached a new all-time high over the weekend. What was the catalyst behind this?
Firstly, I want to give credit to the change in management last year. They have made good decisions during the bear times. Secondly, a possible factor that contributed to the price increase was the general bullish sentiment and growth of the NFT market, especially on the Ethereum network. Pudgy Penguins is one of the oldest and most established NFT collections on Ethereum, and it has a loyal and active fan base. The project has also expanded from 8,888 NFTs to a suite of real-life products and experiences, such as live events, physical merchandise, and licensing opportunities.
Wrapped Ether Rock 46 sold for 496k today, 4 days after BAYC 1726 sold for $668k. What's driving interest in these large sales, that we haven't really seen in months?
Personally, I think 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. Wrapped Ether Rock and BAYC are not just digital assets, but also symbols of status and identity in the NFT community. Owning these NFTs grants access to exclusive perks, access special events, and enjoy unique IP rights. Similarly, owning a Wrapped Ether Rock gives the holder a sense of prestige and history, as they own a piece of the early days of NFTs. These NFTs also attract celebrities and influencers, such as Stephen Curry and Jay-Z, who changed his Twitter profile picture on their social media accounts. These endorsements boost the popularity and value of the NFTs, as more people want to join the club and emulate their idols. I believe the same hype will happen again in this bull run.
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Ethereum-native nonfungible tokens (NFTs) are starting to make a comeback, according to growing sales figures this week.
Wrapped Ether Rock #46 sold for $496,658 on Feb. 12, 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 sale 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 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.”
While the sale of BAYC #1726 seemed a strategic move, the Wrapped Ether Rock sale paints a different trend, Ilan Rakhmanov, 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 has risen 99.42% over seven days to $159.5 million, driven by a 25% sales increase by the Nobody collection, which generated $8.76 million worth of weekly sales. Bitcoin’s NFT sales fell 25% to $47.5 million during the same period.
According to Yehudah Petscher, NFT strategist at CryptoSlam, nonfungible token 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 collection’s floor price rose to a new all-time high of 21.5 Ether ($53,427) on Feb. 10 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 NFT Price Floor data.
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 top blue-chip NFT collections CryptoPunks and BAYC are down 48% and 82% from their all-time highs, respectively.
Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author- “NFT: From Zero to Hero” and “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.
Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.
An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.