In this week’s newsletter, read about the most expensive CryptoPunk sale in 30 days and the report that predicts the NFT market’s growth in 2030, and check out actor Bill Murray’s biographical NFT project.

Additionally, you can learn about the successful tech demo of the Otherside Metaverse. Don’t forget about this week’s Nifty News roundup featuring a Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) NFT at clothing retailer Old Navy and a bottle of whisky being auctioned as an NFT. 

CryptoPunk sells for $2.6M as big NFT brands’ floor prices increase

A CryptoPunk NFT has been bought for 2,500 Ether (ETH), worth $2.6 million at the time of purchase. Despite a downward move in the overall NFT market, the transaction involving the ape-themed CryptoPunk4464 is the biggest NFT sale in 30 days.

The sale is also the CryptoPunk collections’ fourth-biggest sale of all time in Ether, but only the 15th-biggest transaction in dollars due to the recent fall in ETH price. 

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NFT market worth $231B by 2030? Report projects big growth for sector

A report by consulting company Verified Market Research predicted that the NFT market could grow into a $230-billion industry by 2030. As the report’s researchers dove into the space, the team valued the NFT space at $11.3 billion in 2021 and noted that the market will grow at a rate of 33.7% in the next few years.

Looking at the key drivers in the space, the researchers identified the gaming sector as one of the areas that pushed the adoption of NFTs. Noting projects like Enjin and Axie Infinity, the research recognized that gaming has contributed significantly to NFT adoption.

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Bill Murray’s biographical NFT project set to be premiered by Coinbase

American actor and comedian Bill Murray partnered with Coinbase’s NFT platform to release an NFT collection with 1000 pieces and highlighted that it shows advice, memories and “Murray-isms.”

According to Coinbase, the actor and his son carefully checked, edited and approved each story within the collection. The duo worked with author John Resig to create context with the stories.

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Otherside Metaverse demo kicks off with 4,500 participants: Highlights

The Otherside Metaverse demo, dubbed “Voyagers,” opened for Otherdeed NFT land owners on July 16. The event was reportedly a success, as many participants went on Twitter to express their happiness with the experience.

During the demo, the Voyagers went into a virtual lobby, then followed a huge Bored Ape into a colorful portal into the Otherside Metaverse. Once the Voyagers reached the Biogenic Swamp, they moved toward a central stadium, enabling participants to explore their avatars’ functionality.

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Nifty News: Old Navy’s BAYC shirts, expensive whisky NFTs, Sandbox publishing

Clothing company Old Navy has released a new t-shirt for $19.95 featuring BAYC #7285. While some questioned the move, others were happy to see their favorite NFT collection gain more popularity. Meanwhile, a 52-year-old bottle of whisky made in Japan is being auctioned as an NFT, with a starting price of 62 ETH, or $75,000.

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Thanks for reading this digest of the week’s most notable developments in the NFT space. Come again next Wednesday for more reports and insights into this actively evolving space.