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Once-hot NFT collections tank alongside cryptocurrencies


Once-hot NFT collections, including the celebrity-backed Bored Ape Yacht Club and CryptoPunk series, have tanked alongside cryptocurrencies and the stock market, leaving many digital collectible investors deep in the outlet. 

The Bored Ape Yacht Club series — which has been endorsed by celebrities including Tom Brady, Madonna, Jimmy Fallon and Future — has seen its value crumble in recent months because the Federal Reserve hikes rates of interest and the economy is squeezed by inflation. 

The “price floor” for Bored Apes — a measure of the bottom asking price for NFTs in the gathering — has collapsed 75% from greater than $400,000 as recently as April to lower than $100,000 on Tuesday, in accordance with data from tracker NFTpricefloor.com

That’s a greater decline than bitcoin, the world’s hottest cryptocurrency, which has tumbled by around 55% since April 1.

CryptoPunks NFTs, meanwhile, fell 66% from $230,000 at some points in April to lower than $78,000 as of Tuesday, in accordance with the positioning.

Overall transaction volume within the NFT market has likewise collapsed. There have been $650 million in NFT sales to date in June, compared with $3.7 billion in April and $3 billion in May, data from industry site CryptoSlam show.

There shall be 15,000 NFT fanatics are descending on Manhattan this week for the NFT.NYC conference. Getty Images

Despite the awful market, throngs of NFT fanatics are descending on Manhattan this week for an enormous event series celebrating the digital collectibles. 

The NFT.NYC conference, which kicked off Tuesday and runs through Thursday, has seen NFT fans placed on brave faces as they shuttle between networking sessions and panels at venues like Radio City Music Hall. 

Last 12 months’s event in November 2021 got here as Ethereum and Solana — the first cryptocurrencies used to trade NFTs — hit all-time highs. It also attracted celebrities like Quentin Tarantino and Logan Paul. Musical acts included chart-topping rapper Lil Baby and Recent York rock legends The Strokes performed at a Bored Ape party in the course of the conference. 

NFT NYCThe NFT.NYC conference runs through Thursday. Getty Images

This 12 months’s conference, in contrast, comes under the shadow of the market slump and appears to feature fewer A-list stars. The largest names announced this 12 months are rappers French Montana and Jim Jones, who spoke alongside record industry executives at Radio City Music Hall on Tuesday. Dance DJ Deadmau5 was set to perform at a NFT event at a nightclub in Bushwick, Brooklyn, on Tuesday night. 

General admission tickets to the conference cost between $600 and $850, while VIP passes went for as much as $2,000. Organizers say 15,000 persons are attending the conference.

In May, The Post reported that high-profile NFT auctions were increasingly flopping. An auction of three works by Madonna and Beeple — who auctioned off an NFT for a record $69 million in 2021 — sold for just $135,000, $146,000 and $346,000.

In one other dramatic example, plans to sell an NFT of Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s first tweet that had previously sold for $2.9 million were scrapped in April after the very best bid got here in below $14,000 

Nick Rose, founder and CEO of NFT platform Ethernity Chain, told The Post on the time that NFTs were selling for “unexpectedly low” prices. 

“NFTs blew up when stimulus checks were coming in but they grew too fast,” Rose said

—Additional reporting by Lydia Moynihan

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