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CryptoPunks

The project that started the cryptoart movement. 10,000 unique collectible characters with proof of ownership stored on the Ethereum blockchain. Featured in Mashable, The Financial Times, The Paris Review, Salon, The Outline and The New York Times. Inspiration for the Ethereum ERC-721 standard that powers most digital art and collectibles.

Note: Changes on the blockchain will take ~5 minutes to appear on the site.

What you see above are the 10,000 unique "CryptoPunks" in a map-like interface. No two are exactly alike, and each one of them can be officially owned by a single person on the Ethereum blockchain. Originally, they could be claimed for free by anybody with an Ethereum wallet, but all 10,000 were quickly claimed. Now they must be purchased from someone on the Ethereum marketplace contract. Via this market you can buy, bid on, and offer punks for sale. The zoomable image above is connected to the Ethereum network and has been colored to show you the status of every Punk in the market. Punks with a blue background have been claimed. Punks with a red background are available for sale by their owner. Finally, punks with a purple background have an active bid on them. You can click to zoom in on a Punk and reveal its details.

See the marketplace instructions below to acquire your very own punk. You should also join the Discord Chat, which includes a bot that announces all bids, offers and sales in realtime.

Current Statistics

Last Updated
1 minute ago
Number for Sale
1094
Recent Punks For Sale
(see all)
Punk 4476Punk 6140Punk 6271Punk 6594Punk 6664Punk 8312Punk 8348Punk 8429Punk 8432Punk 8503Punk 8511Punk 4055Punk 4157Punk 4249Punk 6354Punk 6363Punk 6638Punk 6676Punk 8062Punk 8214Punk 8234Punk 4014Punk 4068Punk 4395Punk 4405Punk 6392Punk 6487Punk 6666Punk 6771Punk 7911Punk 4256Punk 6483Punk 6592Punk 6672Punk 6705Punk 6743Punk 7930Punk 7939Punk 7989Punk 8028Punk 8108Punk 8178Punk 4123Punk 4175Punk 4241Punk 6384Punk 6420Punk 4303Punk 6142Punk 6152Punk 6227Punk 6439Punk 6596Punk 6654Punk 6711Punk 6730Punk 4057Punk 4140Punk 4219Punk 4277Punk 4306Punk 4379Punk 4402Punk 6506Punk 8004Punk 4125Punk 4342Punk 6143Punk 6397Punk 6531Punk 6616Punk 6748Punk 7931Punk 8060Punk 8209Punk 8229Punk 8249Punk 8376Punk 4225Punk 4315Punk 6195Punk 6226Punk 6453Punk 6474Punk 6557Punk 6597Punk 6651Punk 6691Punk 7924Punk 0001Punk 2269Punk 2280Punk 2292Punk 2398Punk 2587Punk 2661
Number of Bids
1296
Top Bids
(see all)
Punk 0000Punk 3443Punk 0510Punk 2711Punk 5577Punk 1050Punk 0003Punk 2306Punk 0002Punk 6586Punk 2424Punk 5066Punk 6649Punk 3393Punk 2566Punk 5412Punk 4178Punk 2484Punk 1190Punk 8105Punk 2329Punk 5056Punk 2844Punk 2549Punk 1759Punk 7763Punk 5171Punk 9932Punk 1609Punk 7121Punk 4638Punk 9650Punk 8906Punk 0744Punk 3725Punk 9530Punk 1883Punk 1821Punk 0226Punk 2180Punk 6801Punk 1637Punk 4218Punk 2494Punk 4472Punk 8493Punk 9064Punk 9457Punk 1000Punk 2169Punk 9373Punk 6441Punk 1684Punk 2276Punk 5347Punk 3096Punk 6288Punk 8733Punk 9028Punk 3105Punk 3503Punk 6345Punk 5524Punk 7670Punk 4677Punk 2889Punk 9844Punk 2613Punk 3757Punk 5719Punk 1496Punk 9446Punk 3176Punk 1470Punk 9832Punk 1669Punk 8750Punk 5407Punk 8349Punk 4393Punk 2394Punk 9129Punk 8426Punk 7352Punk 3556Punk 4627Punk 8364Punk 6264Punk 4405Punk 8842Punk 9619Punk 1492Punk 2578Punk 7914Punk 2147Punk 1055
Total Value of Current Bids
144.92 ETH ($34,903.47 USD)
Average Bid
0.11 ETH ($26.93 USD)
Recently Sold
(see all)
Punk 2458Punk 6956Punk 1638Punk 9610Punk 4838Punk 2198Punk 8458Punk 2867Punk 9317Punk 4330Punk 2379Punk 4156Punk 3228Punk 4024Punk 9787Punk 8433Punk 9380Punk 9915Punk 6335Punk 2376Punk 9447Punk 3366Punk 4691Punk 2378Punk 5357Punk 6027Punk 2565Punk 8288Punk 5180Punk 2481Punk 5737Punk 7965Punk 3545Punk 3766Punk 2377Punk 2321Punk 9378Punk 9914Punk 2421Punk 7116Punk 8509Punk 2184Punk 2392Punk 2321Punk 8586Punk 5396Punk 6486Punk 2335Punk 1895Punk 9780Punk 6927Punk 3500Punk 1236Punk 2031Punk 4909Punk 9793Punk 8687Punk 9491Punk 9690Punk 9887Punk 9855Punk 9859Punk 9862Punk 9142Punk 8843Punk 6555Punk 2374Punk 6649Punk 7113Punk 4156Punk 2073Punk 8098Punk 9490Punk 9919Punk 9776Punk 9776Punk 7569Punk 8994Punk 6908Punk 1912Punk 2442Punk 1899Punk 2827Punk 4024Punk 2217Punk 5947Punk 5846Punk 3731Punk 6661Punk 1102Punk 8289Punk 4400Punk 4072Punk 7227Punk 7442Punk 9684
Total Value of Punks Sold
689.5 ETH ($166,059.04 USD)
Average Sale Price
0.36 ETH ($86.85 USD)
Estimated Market Cap
2,362.2 ETH ($568,913.24 USD)

What is a CryptoPunk?

The CryptoPunks are 24x24 pixel art images, generated algorithmically. Most are punky-looking guys and girls, but there are a few rarer types mixed in: Apes, Zombies and even the odd Alien. Every punk has their own profile page that shows their attributes as well as their ownership/for-sale status (here's an example).

What exactly is going on here?

CryptoCoins were made famous by Bitcoin, but Bitcoin is designed just to transact and store ownership of Bitcoin itself. We are using a successor to Bitcoin called Ethereum which allows for arbitrary computer code to be executed on the blockchain and the results of the execution to be stored forever. This is pretty cool! Normally code is run on a server somewhere and you basically need to trust the person running the server. Ethereum lets everyone execute the code, show each other what result they got, and agree that the code was executed properly and fairly.

We have written code that lives on the blockchain that anyone can use to buy and sell Punks with anyone else in the world. An interesting aspect of this system is that we no longer have any control over the code running CryptoPunks! Once we released it onto the blockchain it became permanently embedded there and can no longer be modified by anyone. This is scary for us as developers because we worry about bugs, but it is also a very powerful feature of the system. It allows a user verify that there are indeed only 10,000 punks, check that we can't steal them from you, and basically make sure that everything we told you about the code is true.

How do I get a Punk?

The Easiest Option

  1. Download and install a Chrome browser plugin called MetaMask. This will allow websites (that you authorize) access to your Ethereum account.
  2. If you made a new account, buy some Ether. The MetaMask plugin has a button that will allow you to buy Ether from Coinbase.
  3. Once you have the plugin installed, this website will recognize it and add buttons that allow you to bid on, buy and sell punks directly in the interface.
  4. For example, you can buy Punk #4476 for 0.42 ETH ($101.15 USD).

The Harder Option

You can also do the following if you prefer to run a wallet on your computer:

  1. Download and install Mist which is basically a web browser for Ethereum apps.
  2. You will need to wait while the entire blockchain syncs to your computer (probably 10-20GB).
  3. You will also need to get some Ether, there should be a button in Mist that lets you buy some directly from CoinBase.
  4. Open Mist and load this website, press the authorize icon in the top right to allow the website to see your Ethereum account. Now you can buy and sell punks!

Nerdy details

  • The actual images of the punks are too large to store on the blockchain, so we took a hash of the composite image of all the punks and embeded it into the contract. You can verify that the punks being managed by the Ethereum contract are the True Official Genuine CryptoPunks™ by calculating an SHA256 hash on the cryptopunks image and comparing it to the hash stored in the contract.
  • CryptoPunks are almost an ERC20 token. We support the methods that provide your balance so you can watch CryptoPunks as a token in your wallet and see how many you own. None of the other methods are the same since you're not transferring a simple balance, but need to reference which specific Punk you want to work with.
  • The contract source and more technical details are available on Github.

Hang out on our Discord! Join us in our Discord chat to talk with the developers and other Cryptopunk owners.