NFT stats

All the statistics, trends and market data you need on NFTs in 2022

In the space of a few years, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have gone from obscurity to being a global phenomenon – and their growth in popularity doesn’t seem to be slowing. Finder polled over 28,000 people in a survey across 20 countries to compare NFT ownership plans and awareness around the world. Here are the most interesting and relevant statistics about NFT intentions and sales.

Key statistics

  • 3.3% of the UK population plan to own an NFT in the future.
  • 78.8% of the UK population does not know what an NFT is.
  • NFT sales hit US$2.5 billion in the first half of 2021, up from the US$13.7 million they reached in the first half of 2020.
  • This is an 18,148% increase in NFT sales in just 1 year between H1 2020 and H1 2021.
  • As it stands at the end of 2021, CryptoPunk #9998 is the most expensive NFT – bought for US$530 million (124,457 Ethereum at the time).
  • Millennials are most likely to collect NFTs in the UK, with a whopping 23% saying they plan to do so.
  • Collectibles are the most sold forms of NFT, accounting for 76% of market sales as of Q3, 2021.

How many people in the UK plan to own an NFT in the future?

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1.7 million people in the UK are planning to own NFTs

According to our new survey research, 3.3% of the UK plan to own an NFT in the future, equating to 1.7 million people in the country. Of the 20 countries included in our survey, the UK ranks second to last out of those intending to own NFTs in future.

Japan is bottom of the list, with just 2.4% of citizens currently planning to purchase an NFT in the future. Nigeria tops the list, as more than one-fifth (21.7%) of the population claim that they will buy an NFT at some point in the future.

How many people know what an NFT is?

While NFT adoption is forecast to increase around the world in future, a large number of people still don’t know what NFTs are. Japan has the highest percentage of people who said they don’t know what NFTs are (90%), followed by Germany (83%) and the United Kingdom (79%). On the other end of the spectrum, the Philippines recorded the lowest percentage at 49%, followed by Nigeria (52%) and Thailand (53%).

NFT interest by generation

Another survey found that 23% of millennials said they were interested in purchasing an NFT, the most of any generation. Generation X is second with 8%, generation Z is third with 4% and baby boomers 2%.

Generation Interested in buying a NFT
Millennials 23%
Generation X 8%
Generation Z 4%
Baby Boomers 2%

Largest NFT marketplaces

OpenSea is by far the largest NFT marketplace with over US$10 billion in all-time sales (as of November 2021), which is over US$3.5 billion more in all-time sales than the rest of the top 10 marketplaces combined. Axie Infinity is second with US$3 billion sold, with CryptoPunks with US$1.6 billion.

After the top 3, the remaining marketplaces are all under US$1 billion. NBA Top Shot has sales of US$700 million, Solanart (US$500 million), Rarible (US$264 million), AtomicMarket (US$208 million), Superare.co (US$178 million), Foundation (US$104 million) and DigitalEyes Market (US$101 million) complete the top 10 marketplaces for NFTs.

Largest NFT Market places All time sales volume ($ million)
OpenSea 10,390
Axie Infinity 3,140
CryptoPunks 1,610
NBA Top Shot 728
Solanart 521
Rarible 264
AtomicMarket 208
SuperRare.co 178
Foundation 104
DigitalEyes Market 101

Most expensive NFT pieces ever sold

NFTs are bought using cryptocurrency and the CryptoPunk collection has 5 of the top 10 most expensive NFTs, bought using Ethereum. As of November 2021, the cheapest CryptoPunk sold in the 10,000 collection cost around 100 Ethereum (£334,000). “Everydays: the First 5000 Days” was bought in March 2021 and at the time was the most expensive NFT ever bought (US$69.3 million). This figure was “smashed” by CryptoPunk #9998 sale in October 2021 by over 667% (US$532 million).

“This Changed Everything WWW”, an artistic representation of the world wide web source code, was bought for US$5.43 million, making it the most expensive historical artifact sold by an NFT. Other charitable NFTs include “Save a Thousand Lives” which sold for US$5.23 million and Edward Snowden’s Stay Free document, which sold for US$5.4 million.

Scroll right on the timeline image below to see the most expensive NFTs of 2021.

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NFTs sold each month

The amount of NFTs sold a month on OpenSea has grown significantly in the second half of 2021, with sales in August alone being more than the first 7 months. Highlighting how popular NFTs became in 2021, there was an 18,148% increase in NFT sales from the first half of 2020 to the first half of 2021. Since January 2020, there has been an increase of over 7,300% in NFTs sold each month.

Month NFT sales per month
Jan 2020 19,152
Feb 2020 17,757
March 2020 16,802
April 2020 14,248
May 2020 10,294
June 2020 6,808
July 2020 7,260
August 2020 3,590
September 2020 8,782
October 2020 20,304
November 2020 15,781
December 2020 12,605
Jan 2021 11,208
Feb 2021 41,040
March 2021 142,075
April 2021 74,239
May 2021 74,279
June 2021 211,469
July 2021 458,052
August 2021 1,627,229
September 2021 1,711,942
October 2021 1,434,912

NFT types by market distribution

Collectibles are the most popular form of NFTs with 76% of Q3 2021 sales, growing 10% from Q2. With collectibles such as CryptoPunk and Bored Yacht Ape being extremely popular, these forms of assets dominate the marketplace. Art-related NFTs are second at 9%, with Gaming (4%) and Utilities (4%), Metaverse (2%) and Sports (1%) completing the market.

Type of NFT Market percentage (Q3) Market percentage (Q2)
Collectibles 76% 66%
Art 9% 14%
Sports 1% 7%
Metaverse 2% 7%
Gaming 7% 5%
Utilities 4% 1%

NFT networks are powered by blockchains and their (cryptocurrency) tokens are available to trade. As of 21 December 2021, Decentraland – a 3D virtual reality platform – tops the list of NFT crypto tokens, ranked by market capitalisation. The self-claimed one-stop shop for the very best digital assets has a token named MANA which has a market cap of 5.92 billion.

This is slightly higher than the market cap of the AXS token belonging to the well-known NFT-based online video game Axie Infinity. The Sandbox (SAND), THETA (THETA) and Tezos (XTZ) round up the top 5 NFT tokens ranked by the markets they belong to.

See a live chart of the tokens’ prices, market caps and fluctuations in value.

Name Price 24hr change 24hr volume Market cap
Decentraland $3.28 +4.86% $1.06 B $5.92 B
Axie Infinity $97.28 +4.88% $311.65 M $5.87 B
The Sandbox $5.12 +5.47% $835.53 M $4.67 B
THETA $4.13 +5.15% $105.86 M $4.11 B
Tezos $4.22 +5.74% $142.85 M $3.65 B
Gala $0.45 +5.77% $461.45 M $3.08 B
Flow $8.41 +3.19% $55.89 M $2.64 B
Enjin Coin $2.43 +8.63% $224.98 M $2.03 B
Chiliz $0.28 +8.23% $191.99 M $1.63 B
Oasis Network $0.26 +5.33% $98.37 M $903.51 M
WAX $0.46 +3.33% $35.05 M $844.14 M
Immutable X $4.38 +5.18% $43.02 M $806.02 M
APENFT $0.00 +4.93% $268.64 M $740.74 M
SushiSwap $5.47 +4.09% $146.29 M $691.01 M
DigiByte $0.04 +7.74% $15.77 M $520.21 M
Syscoin $0.71 +3.14% $13.89 M $447.51 M
Ultra $1.46 +7.07% $7.75 M $413.76 M
Fetch.ai $0.55 +23.78% $93.34 M $407.51 M
CEEK VR $0.56 +17.06% $28.35 M $415.14 M
MyNeighborAlice $12.56 +8.96% $128.40 M $379.85 M
Chromia $0.65 +18.34% $79.12 M $363.51 M
Dvision Network $1.10 +2.76% $5.24 M $306.69 M
Origin Protocol $0.62 +4.86% $31.69 M $240.14 M
Phantasma $2.24 +7.26% $3.61 M $230.69 M
WEMIX $9.10 +12.84% $63.74 M $1.12 B
ECOMI $0.01 +3.70% $6.53 M $1.05 B
Illuvium $1,120.54 +2.58% $35.65 M $712.06 M
UFO Gaming $0.00 +17.14% $22.48 M $653.68 M
SuperFarm $1.26 +12.92% $65.31 M $501.97 M
Radio Caca $0.00 +17.53% $61.76 M $409.22 M
MOBOX $5.09 +5.99% $76.65 M $406.53 M
YooShi $0.00 +7.25% $7.27 M $379.30 M
RMRK $38.72 +17.79% $11.92 M $367.81 M
Yield Guild Games $5.25 +4.84% $52.76 M $358.94 M
Vulcan Forged PYR $17.13 +1.54% $47.33 M $337.41 M
Wilder World $3.58 +9.40% $12.30 M $299.27 M
inSure DeFi $0.01 +27.71% $2.50 M $286.90 M
Mines of Dalarnia $2.25 +0.32% $111.06 M $274.83 M
LUKSO $16.38 +9.43% $2.77 M $247.76 M
Star Atlas $0.10 +5.26% $26.46 M $210.90 M
BakeryToken $1.07 +4.91% $23.74 M $204.74 M
Alien Worlds $0.21 +9.05% $109.60 M $190.57 M
BabySwap $1.41 +1.95% $9.65 M $180.96 M
Telos $0.65 +6.77% $1.40 M $175.30 M
Aavegotchi $2.41 +1.43% $31.27 M $163.47 M
Proton $0.02 +5.60% $4.52 M $159.52 M
Circuits of Value $0.16 +53.70% $93.10 M $155.96 M
Splintershards $0.65 +12.79% $6.85 M $165.82 M
Efinity Token $0.91 +6.44% $8.74 M $153.12 M
Verasity $0.03 +10.97% $37.12 M $153.62 M

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