Degenerate Ape NFT Sells for More Than $1M on Solana

The sale is a record for the layer-1 rival to Ethereum.

Sep 11, 2021 at 7:31 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 13, 2021 at 1:59 p.m. UTC

A Degenerate Ape Academy non-fungible token (NFT) on the Solana blockchain was sold Saturday for 5980 SOL, or $1.1 million, in the largest-ever NFT sale on the rival to the Ethereum blockchain.

Apparently not content with having shelled out more than $1 million for an NFT of a scarred zombie ape with a halo eating a brain, Moonrock Capital, a Europe-based blockchain advisory and investment firm, announced a few hours later it had purchased a CryptoPunks knock-off NFT also on the Solana blockchain for 1388 SOL, or $257,446.24.

While the NFT craze initially focused on the Ethereum blockchain, that very popularity caused traffic and fees on Ethereum to skyrocket. As a result, rivals like Solana with much lower fees and traffic have taken off.

And the price of Solana’s native token has followed suit, with the coin’s market capitalization hopping over XRP and dogecoin to become the world’s sixth-largest cryptocurrency with a value of $54 billion compared with XRP’s $43.5 billion and DOGE’s $32 billion.

A month ago, one SOL could have been had for about $40. After hitting an all-time high earlier this week of more than $200, the token was changing hands at about $185 in recent trading.


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