The Owner of NFT CryptoPunks Disrupted the Auction at Sotheby’s
An anonymous seller auctioned a lot containing 104 NFTs from the CryptoPunks collection at Sotheby’s, but at the last moment he changed his mind and removed the lot from auction.
The auction was scheduled for February 23rd. And the auction house expected the sale price of the lot to be $20-$30 million.
On February 8, announcing the auction, the owner of the lot wrote that he was pleased to announce his partnership with Sotheby’s to realize the most significant NFT sale of all time.
But before the start of the auction, the collector withdrew the lot from sale and said that he had changed his mind and decided to keep the collection.
In the crypto community, such a maneuver was negatively perceived. For example, Compound founder Robert Leshner wrote that it was a sad day for digital art collectors.