10 Most Expensive Bored Apes in 2022

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NFTs are essentially digital collectibles. People pay digital currencies to own them, just like they’d spend cash on physical art or antiques.

NFT fans say the value of these digital collectibles comes from their “one-of-a-kind” allure.

What’s that mean? In simple terms, NFTs are associated with unique codes. Other people may own a copy of your NFT, but it’s not considered the “original” if it’s not attached to that unique code.

Think of it like owning an original painting by Picasso versus owning a print.

NFTs can be basically anything, but artwork is a pretty common form. One of the most popular NFT art series is called Bored Ape (although the official name is Bored Ape Yacht Club). The collection of 10,000 NFTs features an ape in various forms. These variations are known as “traits.” Some variations are rarer than others, making them more valuable in the eyes of collectors.

So how much money do people pay for this digital artwork? It turns out collectors are willing to spend millions to get their hands (or, cursors) on these bored primates. Learn more with this top 10 list!

  1. Bored Ape #8877
  2. Value: $84,000
    Recent Sale Date: July 25, 2021
    Recent Buyer: Boothy
    Interesting Fact: This Ape is reportedly the 30th rarest
    Bored Ape #8877
    photo source: opensea.io

    Kicking off our list is Bored Ape #8877. (Since there are exactly 10,000 Apes in the collection, each copy is associated with a number.) This particular Ape is reportedly very rare, ranking #30 out of the whole series.

    Ape #8877 is a four-trait design. The most obvious trait variation is those laser eyes, but the unshaven face stands out too.

    Tracking the value of Bored Apes is a little difficult. The artwork is purchased with Ethereum, a digital currency like Bitcoin. Digital currencies (or cryptocurrencies) experience huge value fluctuations, sometimes losing nearly 10% of their value in just a few months. However, we know that this Ape sold for the equivalent of about $84,000, making it the 10th-most expensive Bored Ape on this list.

    Did you know?

    Just like physical artwork, NFT art can be resold to new buyers. That means the value of an NFT can change over time.


  3. Bored Ape #3749
  4. Value: $1.2 million
    Recent Sale Date: Unreported
    Recent Buyer: Boothly
    Interesting Fact: Boothly owns several other Bored Apes
    Bored Ape #3749
    photo source: opensea.io

    Up next is Bored Ape #3749. This Ape features a variation on the laser eye design, a sailor’s hat, and a T-shirt. According to reports, just 3% of Bored Apes feature the black T-shirt trait while only 0.46% have golden fur.

    Laser eyes are also rare among this NFT series, with just 0.69% sharing the design. All those factors make this Ape a rare and expensive one — and the price reflects that. Selling for about $1.2 million, this is the ninth-most expensive Bored Ape ever.

    Did you know?

    Traits as specific as the Ape’s grin are tracked on OpenSea, an NFT marketplace. According to the website, only 3% of Bored Apes have a “small grin.”


  5. Bored Ape #3001
  6. Value: $1.29 million
    Recent Sale Date: January 29, 2022
    Recent Buyer: JustinBieberNFTS
    Interesting Fact: This Ape was set to sell for less than a million dollars
    Bored Ape #3001
    photo source: opensea.io

    According to reports, the owner of Bored Ape #3001 might be Justin Bieber himself. The NFT sold for a record $1.29 million toward the end of January 2022 to JustinBieberNFTS. It’s totally possible the Ape was purchased by a random person using Bieber’s name, but fans of Bored Ape seem to think Bieber is the real buyer.

    At the time of its sale, this Ape was worth 500 ETH (Ethereum). That amounted to around $1.29 million, but value fluctuations have shifted that number. Who knows how much #3001 will be worth in the future!

    Did you know?

    Shortly after this NFT sold, Justin Bieber posted the artwork on his Instagram. This could confirm that he is the owner, but it’s still not a sure thing since anyone can download screenshots of the art for their personal use.


  7. Bored Ape #1837
  8. Value: About $1.5 million
    Recent Sale Date: February 24, 2022
    Recent Buyer: Reportedly Elon Musk
    Interesting Fact: The sale of this Ape was reported by Deepak.eth
    Bored Ape #1837
    photo source: opensea.io

    At number seven we have Bored Ape #1837. The wild design features a popping eyeball, a mohawk, and several other rare features. The popping eye, known as crazy eyes, is only found in 4% of Apes while just 3% feature mohawks.

    Valued at about $1.5 million in cash, this Ape sold for 569 ETH in February 2022. According to reports, Bored Ape #1837 was purchased by Elon Musk. Yes, that Elon Musk. The richest person in the world and the buyer of Twitter.

    Recently, Twitter began allowing users to use NFTs as their profile pictures. Musk reportedly criticized the new feature, which could cast doubt on him as the buyer of #1837.

    Did you know?

    Bored Ape Yacht Club is often abbreviated as BAYC.


  9. Bored Ape #3562
  10. Value: $1.6 million
    Recent Sale Date: December 29, 2021
    Recent Buyer: Unreported
    Interesting Fact: This Ape isn’t considered rare
    Bored Ape #3562
    photo source: opensea.io

    Up next is Bored Ape #3562. The design features an unshaven Ape wearing a black suit. The unshaven trait is rare but not as uncommon as that suit. According to OpenSea, black suits are found on just 0.42% of Apes! The background color is pretty rare too — only 12% come in blue.

    It’s not clear who bought this Ape, but they had some serious cash to spend. The Ape is valued at about $1.6 million, which translated to 430 ETH at the time of the sale.

    Did you know?

    This Ape isn’t considered very rare, but fans say it’s worth the price because of its “flawless” aesthetic.


  11. Bored Ape #9361
  12. Value: $1.65 million
    Recent Sale Date: August 26, 2021
    Recent Buyer: Formosa
    Interesting Fact: This is a five-trait Ape
    Bored Ape #9361
    photo source: opensea.io

    Valued at about $1.65 million, Bored Ape #9361 is the fifth-most expensive Ape on the internet. The wildly expensive design is super trippy, and a lot of its traits are exceptionally rare. Ape #9361 features cyborg eyes, trippy fur, and a bored unshaven mouth — all of which have an occurrence rate of 1% or less.

    This Ape was recently sold in August 2021. At that time, the Ape was valued at 500 ETH. Do you think the price will keep climbing higher?

    Did you know?

    #9361 sports a silver stud earring that shows up on 8% of Bored Apes.


  13. Bored Ape #4580
  14. Value: $1.79 million
    Recent Sale Date: Unreported
    Recent Buyer: NObOdy
    Interesting Fact: This is a six-trait Ape
    Bored Ape #4580
    photo source: opensea.io

    Purchased by “NObOdy,” this Bored Ape is valued at nearly $1.8 million. The extremely expensive NFT has six traits, including a rare biker vest and solid gold fur. At the time of its recent sale, the Ape was worth 666 ETH.

    According to OpenSea, those glasses the Ape is wearing are called “3d,” referencing glasses used for 3D movies. The style is only found on 5% of Apes, while the Ape’s hat has an occurrence rate of just 4%.

    Did you know?

    Some Bored Ape fans were surprised to see this one sell. One said, “Wow, someone took it.”


  15. Bored Ape #7090
  16. Value: $2.25 million
    Recent Sale Date: September 2, 2021
    Recent Buyer: Robistraveling
    Interesting Fact: This Ape was sold through a Sotheby’s auction
    Bored Ape #7090
    photo source: opensea.io

    NFTs aren’t usually sold through more traditional channels like auction houses, but this Bored Ape broke down that barrier when it fetched a whopping $2.25 million at a Sotheby’s auction in September 2021. The expensive artwork was purchased by Robistravelling, a well-known NFT collector.

    At the time of its sale, this Ape was valued at 600 ETH. That’s less than the previous Ape on this list, but Ethereum’s constantly changing value accounts for the difference in cash value.

    Did you know?

    Sotheby’s was founded in the 1700s. The auction house predominantly sells artwork, but other valuables are offered too.


  17. Bored Ape #2087
  18. Value: $2.32 million
    Recent Sale Date: September 30, 2021
    Recent Buyer: Anonymous
    Interesting Fact: This is reportedly the ninth rarest Ape
    Bored Ape #2087
    photo source: opensea.io

    At number two we have Bored Ape #2087. The expensive NFT sold for $2.32 million in 2021 — a steep price tag for a rare design.

    As the ninth rarest Bored Ape design, #2087 features several obscure traits. First is its trippy fur, which is found on less than 1% of Bored Apes. Then there’s the “bored cigarette” mouth with an occurrence rate of just 7%.

    Altogether, Bored Ape #2087 was worth 769 ETH at the time of its sale.

    Did you know?

    A lot of NFT buyers reveal their identity, but the nature of NFTs lets buyers remain anonymous — which is exactly what the buyer of #2087 did.


  19. Bored Ape #8585
  20. Value: $2.7 million
    Recent Sale Date: October 21, 2021
    Recent Buyer: Anonymous
    Interesting Fact: This Ape sold for 696.969 ETH
    Bored Ape #8585
    photo source: opensea.io

    Bored Ape #8585 is the most expensive Bored Ape so far.

    As of 2022, #8585 is by far the most expensive Bored Ape on the internet. The expensive NFT was purchased by an anonymous buyer for the equivalent of $2.7 million!

    Did you know?

    Bored Ape #8585 has a lot of rare traits, including a “king’s crown” and trippy fur. In terms of Ethereum, the Ape was worth a reported 696.969 ETH at the time of its sale.

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