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The NFT market is dragged by Azuki to record-breaking lows


If I had to pick one word to sum up the past week in non-fungible tokens (NFTs), it would be “YIKES.”

The market has bounced back in the past 24 hours following a brutal week of declines, but this new phase of NFTs feels different from any time we have seen before. Traders are openly discussing having no liquidity and no plans to take advantage of historically low prices across blockchains.

NFT leaderboard in Blur marketplace shows NFT sales bouncing back in the past 24 hours but still down for the week.
NFTs bounced back in the past 24 hours, but are down over the past seven days. Source: Blur

Azuki’s new Elementals mint was supposed to be a boom for NFTs and instead was a bust, becoming a catalyst that drove NFT collections down to all-time lows. Maybe it’s good that Elon Musk rate-limited Twitter last weekend. 

In just 15 minutes last Tuesday, the Azuki team raked in over US$37 million with the sale of 10k Elementals NFTs (10,000 tokens were airdropped to holders). Just as quickly, their existing collections’ prices tumbled when the public and many Beanz holders could not mint, and the collection’s art was revealed to be low effort.

Exactly the same art by @Azuki. Floor it & GTFO! pic.twitter.com/MlABr6kNe4

— 0xtc 🧙🏽‍♂️ (@_0xtc) July 3, 2023

Collectors who bought an Azuki or Beanz NFT to secure a free Elementals airdrop, and others who lost faith in the project’s future sold their assets while they still held high value. Azuki’s floor price fell to as low as 5.8 ETH, down 57% in seven days. The Azuki Beanz fell 68% to 0.33 ETH, and Elementals tumbled to .87 ETH, down 78% from its mint price of 2 ETH.

I’m a “glass half full” guy and still see bright spots in NFTs, and even something majorly positive to point out in Azuki’s Elementals. 

  • The June 27 Elementals mint led to the single highest day of NFT sales on the Ethereum blockchain this year, and actually, the day’s US$55 million in sales was the highest since last May 2022.
  • Sales volume on Ethereum has also been trending up since June 17th, reflecting the sellers hunting for liquidity and buyers being there to buy discounted NFTs. 
Sales volume June 27 Azuki mint 1
  • Solana’s SMB Barrel Raffle did over US$29 million in sales last week, and while a majority of that $SOL is being refunded, it helped push June 30 to the highest day of primary sales since May 2022, with US$26 million in 24 hours.
SMB Sales volume Azuki mint 2

Traders are hoping today’s rally isn’t just a dead cat bounce and instead indicates that the NFT market has found its floor.

Personally, I think traders are mostly tapped out of funds, and that we have much lower to fall.

Peep the charts

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NFT collection ranked by sales volume on data aggregator CryptoSlam displays Azuki leading 7-day sales volume.
  • Three newcomers arrive on the Top Ten Collections Rankings with Azuki Elemental BeansSMB Barrel Raffle, and Azuki Elementals doing sales volume on their respective chains that haven’t been seen in over one year.
  • Azuki Elemental Beans, the unrevealed Elemental avatars, dominated the top 10 this week thanks to their new mint last Tuesday. Its primary sale recorded US$37 million of the US$41 million total, reflecting about US$4 million in secondary action for the collection.
  • Solana’s SMB Barrel Raffle NFTs, which are raffle tickets to mint a Solana Monkey Business Gen3 NFT, brought in over US$29 million in sales. Like Azuki’s Elemental mint, this was a high point for Solana since May 2022. Key point — a majority of these funds are being returned to buyers who did not win the raffle.
Chart from TradingView displays trading profit for The Captainz NFT collection.
  • The Captainz from Memeland had their art revealed after months of anticipation. Like Azuki, it also wasn’t initially well received, and in a collection where traders normally find profits trading, many were selling at a loss while the collection still commands a 5 ETH floor price.
Blockchains by NFT sales volume July 5
  • Ethereum had a monster week thanks to the majorly hyped Azuki mint, and once-expensive NFTs falling to historically low prices. 
  • Solana’s SMB Barrel Raffle NFTs propelled the blockchain to the second spot, well above Bitcoin for the first time since Ordinals exploded.
  • Bitcoin remains resilient and seemingly less impacted by the falling NFT prices on Ethereum and other chains for now.
  • Polygon’s y00ts did over US$1 million in volume this week, showing some excitement leading up to the teased y00ts2.

Noteworthy Happenings

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  • Yuga Labs The Forge game launched on Friday and HV- MTL NFTs holders were underwhelmed. The game requires some grinding and it seems not everyone holding a HV-MTL is a gamer. HV-MTL’s floor is down 14% in the past 7 days following a recovery today.
  • DeGods is teasing some updates this month, and possibly a new collection of avatars that may include females. Holders are anticipating both DeGods Season III and y00ts2 in July, along with updates to IP rights, and more $DUST token utility. 
  • The highly anticipated Ether Capsule collection was finally minted on Ethereum after over one year of collectors grinding for whitelists. Their high mint price of 0.65 ETH combined with their current floor price on secondary markets ranges between 0.6 to 0.7 ETH may lead to a tricky public mint this month.
  • An iconic art sale happened yesterday, as an AI Generated Nude Portrait sold for 175 ETH. This iconic collection was handed out by SuperRare at a Christie’s event in 2018. At the time NFTs were not mainstream, so most of the 300 edition collection were never claimed and are now lost. It’s estimated that only 40 are in existence, but there’s an ongoing search for “The Lost Robbies.” There’s even an NFT comic from Pixel Vault about them called Punks Comic
  • Kevin Rose gave a ‘State of Moonbirds’ detailing their history of supporting artists and providing content. He also teased an upcoming new utility token for the project. 

NFT Forkast

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Graph displays Forkast 500 NFT falling to 2.761.55 points, down 4.48% over the past seven days.

The green we saw last week was short-lived, and the NFT market is down again, continuing the summer’s trend of new all-time lows. The Forkast 500 NFT Index reflects declining sales prices across collections on all chains, but it’s Ethereum that’s really dragging the market down with it. Azuki’s struggles exasperated the already struggling market, as the Ethereum NFT Composite shows the chain down nearly 5% compared to SolanaPolygon, and Cardano down 2% – 3%

There’s plenty to be optimistic about with NFTs and their future in the digital economy. So whether up or down, as long as traders are trading and the builders are building, we’ll keep bringing you the latest happenings from across the blockchain.

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Yehudah is an NFT Strategist at Forkast Labs. He is currently the community manager at Ozzy Osbourne's CryptoBatz and mentors blockchain enthusiasts through multiple personal projects. He has worked for more than two decades in the world of technology and over seven years in crypto.

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