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Serena Williams’ Husband Wore a CryptoPunk NFT to the Met Gala

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NFT mania made it to the Met Gala after Alexis Ohanian wore a pin with his and wife Serena Williams’ CryptoPunk NFT on it. 

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Serena Williams, tennis’ most decorated female athlete, recently purchased a CryptoPunk NFT with her husband Alexis Ohanian. Ohanian, who co-founded Reddit, drew a lot of attention for his outfit at the costume party that is the Met Gala. What drew people’s attention to the first man of tennis was a pin he wore on his lapel. 

The pin is of a CryptoPunk, a gift from Ohanian to his wife. He tweeted a picture of the couple, and his pin, with the acronym WAGMI attached. The phrase, meaning “we are gonna make it,” is commonly used by the NFT community. 

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Ohanian Investing Big in CryptoPunks

Ohanianlater tweeted that “If you haven’t bought an #NFT for your wife… are you even married?” He also tweeted a link to the specific NFT, CryptoPunk #2950, which he purchased in June for $175,541. The transaction history of Ohanian’s wallet shows that he has spent $1,223,020.91 on seven NFTs. All of which were CryptoPunks and six of which he still owns. 

CryptoPunk #2950 is one of 3,840 female editions minted by the project. In total there are 10,000 digital portraits. Additionally, #2950 is a black female with a headband, which makes the NFT even more rare. 

Individuals like Ohanian are not alone in their massive CryptoPunks purchases. Major companies are also getting into the fray. Recently, Visa purchased CryptoPunk #7610 for around $150k. The Mask Network also purchased a CryptoPunk last week. They shelled out more than $550,000 on CryptoPunk #6128. 

These, and other big sales to notable figures, have seen the price of this collection skyrocket. As of now, one will not find a CryptoPunk for less than $100,000 and prices continue their ascent. In August of 2021, for example, with such high demand the price of CryptoPunks rose more than 50% in just seven days

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Matthew De Saro is a journalist and media personality specializing in sports, gambling, and statistics. Before joining BeInCrypto, his work was featured on Fansided, Forbes, and OutKick. With a background in statistical analysis and a love of writing, he takes an outside-the-box approach to reporting news.

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