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NFT Sales Roundup: 2022 Year in Review

Last Updated: January 11, 2024
This week’s Boardroom NFT Sales Roundup highlights projects such as Bored Ape Yacht Club, Moonbirds, and Doodles for bringing in the most in sales this year.

Despite challenges, the NFT industry perseveres.

Even through a frigid crypto winter that still rages on, the market attracted billions in sales, with old and new projects rising to the top.

Yuga Labs may be under fire right now with a class action lawsuit brewing, but the Web3 brand garnered the most support from NFT collectors this year with its flagship project, Bored Ape Yacht Club, outselling its closest competition by $360 million. Otherdeed for Otherside rose to the top as the highest-selling NFT collection that was minted in 2022 and also landed third for the highest sales volume for the year.

As we wrap up our biweekly-ish NFT Sales Roundups for the year, we wanted to pull some data on NFT sales volume from 2022 with the help of CryptoSlam.

Disclaimer: The data used in this article is current as of Dec. 15.

Top 10 highest-selling NFT collections from 2022 by sales volume:
  1. Bored Ape Yacht Club: $1.42 billion
  2. Mutant Ape Yacht Club: $1.06 billion
  3. Otherdeed: $1.04 billion
  4. Azuki: $828 million
  5. Moonbirds: $599 million
  6. Clone X: $574 million
  7. Doodles: $360 million
  8. Beanz: $229 million
  9. Bored Ape Kennel Club: $219 million
  10. Meebits: $164 million

Top 10 highest-selling NFT mints of 2022:
  1. Otherdeed: $1.04 billion
  2. Azuki: $828 million
  3. Moonbirds: $599 million
  4. Beanz: $229 million
  5. HAPE PRIME: $160 million
  6. Karafuru: $133 million
  7. ProjectPXN: $125 million
  8. Invisible Friends: $123 million
  9. Pixelmon: $119 million
  10. Cool Pets: $103 million

10 of the Biggest NFT Sales of 2022

CryptoPunk #5822 sold for $23.7 million (8,000 ETH) on Feb. 12.
CryptoPunk #5577 sold for $7.7 million (2,501 ETH) on Feb. 8.
Mutant Ape #30005 sold for $3.9 million (2,300 ETH) in a private sale on Aug. 9.
CryptoPunk #7756 sold for $3.2 million (1,050 ETH) on April 13.
Otherdeed #59906 sold for $1.6 million (625 ETH) on May 7.
Punk #5944 sold for $1.2 million (980 ETH) on Oct. 1.
Bored Ape #8585 sold for $1.01 million (777 ETH) on Oct. 1.
Moonbird #2642 sold for $1 million (350 ETH) on April 23.
Life and Death, a 1-of-1 NFT on SuperRare, sold for $1 million (310.0 ETH) on April 7.
Bored Ape #232 sold for $927,000 (800 ETH) on Nov. 23.

Looking Ahead

As we inch closer to the new year, here are some things to keep in mind regarding how the NFT world will evolve in 2023:

  • Yuga Labs raised $450 million back in March to build out its Otherside metaverse project. While Otherdeed NFTs continue to sell, the Web3 brand hasn’t shared much more about its NFT universe powered by gamification.
  • Moonbirds raised $50 million to launch its Moonbirds Mythics collection, which is expected to be minted sometime during the first quarter of 2023.
  • While Gary Vee‘s Veefriends collections didn’t top the list for sales volume, the Web3 mogul is still building a strong community as he gears up for VeeCon 2023.

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Michelai Graham

Michelai Graham is Boardroom's resident tech and crypto reporter. Before joining 35V, she was a freelance reporter with bylines in AfroTech, HubSpot, The Plug, and Lifewire, to name a few. At Boardroom, Michelai covers Web3, NFTs, crypto, tech, and gaming. Off the clock, you can find her producing her crime podcast, The Point of No Return.