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CryptoPunk NFTs burned & altered by Bitcoin Bandits

CryptoPunk #8611 NFT
CryptoPunk #8611 NFT

During the recent weekend, enthusiasts of CryptoPunks witnessed the permanent vanishing of one of the collection’s highly valued NFTs. Last Saturday, CryptoPunk #8611 was successfully sold for 54.49 Ethereum (equivalent to approximately $95,000 at the time of writing). However, later that same day, an unidentified individual mysteriously chose to burn the NFT, rendering it forever inaccessible, as it now resides in a locked Ethereum address. The motive behind this action remains unclear.

In light of this, it was revealed that the buyers responsible for the acquisition are Bitcoin Bandits, a project specializing in pixelated PFP assets within the Bitcoin Ordinals ecosystem. Notably, the individual behind this decision was Nathan Stein, the founder of the collection and developer associated with Wolf Capital.

Reportedly, he managed to persuade approximately 150 members of the community to make financial contributions towards the acquisition of CryptoPunk #8611. Prior to finalizing the purchase, the group collectively agreed upon a predetermined profit-sharing arrangement stemming from this transaction.

Following the act of burning the CryptoPunk, the Bitcoin Bandits proceeded to inscribe it on satoshi, which represents the smallest divisible unit of Bitcoin. This was made possible through the innovative Bitcoin Ordinals concept, enabling individuals to associate their assets with BTC.

The process, known as teleburning, has gained significant popularity recently, but its impact on the NFT space raises intriguing questions. Let’s see how?

While the action taken by Bitcoin Bandits may appear groundbreaking, the practice of teleburning NFTs has already emerged as a trend. The CryptoPunk NFT #8611 serves as the latest example, with numerous users and communities acquiring Ethereum collectibles specifically for the purpose of burning and inscribing them on satoshi.

Collectively, these communities aim to redirect the value of these NFTs from Ethereum to their own Bitcoin community. Nevertheless, such actions carry potential risks for NFT collectors, as the burning of digital assets leads to increased scarcity, making the collectibles even rarer over time.

In reality, the emergence of Ethscriptions can be attributed, in part, to this very reason. Similar to Bitcoin Ordinals, Ethscriptions enable users to inscribe their digital assets on the Ethereum network. Presently, there is considerable interest among users in this novel concept; however, only time will reveal whether it can attain a level of success comparable to its counterpart, Bitcoin Ordinals.

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