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How three friends cracked Larva Labs’s secret treasure hunt

Larva Labs, the creators of the popular non-fungible token (NFT) projects CryptoPunks and Meebits, enshrined the private keys for a pig Meebit worth 10 ETH (or about $25,000) in some digital artwork last year.  No one found the prize — at least, not until three friends managed to crack the code on March 14. The three friends were a programmer named Andrew Badr, a person who goes by Apely.eth on Twitter, and an anonymous third person. As Badr describes on Twitter, …

Highest ever CryptoPunk sale occurs for $24 million

A rare CryptoPunk sold for 8,000 ETH ($23.7 million USD) on February 12, making it the highest-selling CryptoPunk to date.  The punk that sold was CryptoPunk #5822. It’s not only one of nine aliens in the collection of 10,000 NFTs but it’s also one of 333 to wear a bandana. Deepal Thapliyal, CEO of the blockchain tech startup Chain, now owns this CryptoPunk. He collects other non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and even bought a rare Mutant Ape Yacht Club serum for …

A rare CryptoPunk has sold at a record $10.2 million

Someone purchased a rare CryptoPunk for 2,500 ETH — worth more than $10.2 million as of publication — on the Larva Lab’s native CryptoPunk marketplace.  The Punk sold was #4156. It’s a rare Ape Punk in which there are only 24 in a collection of 10,000 items.  CryptoPunk #4156, purchased for 2,500 ETH (over $10.2 million). To be sure, this is not the most expensive CryptoPunk ever sold. The most expensive Punk sold for over $11.8 million in June of …