NFTs Reached NBA: Stephen Curry Purchased ‘Bored Ape’ For $180K
Three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry has become the latest superstar to join the NFT mania by purchasing Bored Ape digital art.
As the NFT craze continues to grow strong, Golden State Warriors icon Stephen Curry recently spent 55 ETH worth about $180,000 to purchase Bored Ape, one of NFT collections currently trending on Crypto Twitter.
Stephen Curry Buys Rare Bored Ape NFT
The two-time MVP now holds one of the 10,000 apes that will ever exist in the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) collection. Interestingly, the ape was first sold for 0.68 ETH ($2,210) and 1.5 ETH ($4,875) just three months ago before Curry purchased it for more than 80x its initial price.
The bored apes’ NFTs have over 170 different characteristics like outfits, headwear, fur, facial expressions, and more. Each attribute has a given probability of occurrence, and Curry’s ape has some of the rarest characteristics in the Bored Ape collection.
His ape NFT has zombie eyes with blue fur and is wearing a tweed suit. The “zombie eyes” have a 3% rarity, while only 1% of bored apes have tweed suits. The rarity has triggered several bids on Curry’s ape, with the highest bid placed at 40 ETH ($129,692).
Bored Ape Sold for $1.3M
Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs have been some of the best-selling digital arts over the last two months alongside CryptoPunk and the now-trending ETHRocks that are going for as high as $1.3 million.
The BAYC project recorded its biggest sale earlier this month. Last week, someone paid 400 ETH ($1.3 million at current prices) for Bored Ape #3749 on OpenSea, and it is currently priced at 1,500 ETH ($4.8 million).
The ape has multiple desirable attributes, but the rarest is the laser eyes which have a 0.65% rarity and a solid gold fur that can only be found on about five apes in the collection.
Meanwhile, the project announced before Curry’s purchase that it will take a snapshot of all Bored Apes on August 28th, 4 pm ET. Ape Holders will receive an airdrop of “Mutant Serum” that will possibly transform existing bored apes into mutant apes (NFT Breeding), according to BAYC’s roadmap.