For those of us who thought the only way we'd ever be able to buy a mega yacht was by purchasing a virtual one, I regret to inform you even that goal has become fairly unlikely.
The 'Metaflower Super Mega Yacht' was created by developer Republic Realm and sold for 149 Ethereum coins, which works out at about $908,000.
That unbelievable sale, unsurprisingly, has broken several records.
Congrats to the new owner of The Metaflower NFT Super Mega Yacht on making metaverse NFT history. This auction marks the highest price paid for a @TheSandboxGame NFT asset at 149 ETH ($650,000), and an exciting time for every member of the Fantasy Community. pic.twitter.com/Nl0278JbOT
- Republic Realm (@joinrepublic_re) November 24, 2021
Are almost all those words I just typed total nonsense? Yes.
The Metaflower exists in the Sandbox's Fantasy Collection of NFTs, also known as non-fungible tokens, and features a helicopter landing pad, hot tub and DJ booth.
It also comes with its own 'Fantasy Marina'; which is a bloody relief because where else is a gal supposed to park her virtual super mega yacht?!
The Sandbox is one of the leading metaverse worlds and boasts collabs with everyone from Snoop Dogg to Deadmau5.
It's an online gaming world that allows users to own plots of land and, in the last week, has sold $122 million in land tied to blockchain. I hate it here.
Getcha SNOOPVERSE pass n join my hood in tha @TheSandboxGame . We breakin Metaverse barriers !! Even a snoop avatar whitelist!!
Hop in... nowhttps://t.co/ckEOApHVTy pic.twitter.com/hFXIDt90Vn
- Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) December 2, 2021
Congratulations to @joinrepublic_re for the purchase of land from @atari in the .@TheSandboxGame .@animocabrands for $4.3 million making it the most expensive metaverse land #openmetaverse #nft https://t.co/W4KupQCDdx
- Yat Siu (@ysiu) December 1, 2021
The Metaflower is currently the most expensive non-fungible token ever sold in The Sandbox virtual gaming world.
The Metaflower was named 'in honour of The Mayflower', aka the ship that brought the pilgrims from England to America.
The Mayflower did not need a virtual mega superyacht named in honour of it, I can assure you.
Am I perhaps just bitter because I'm eating mac n cheese for breakfast and don't own a virtual mega superyacht? The jury is out on that one.
DJ Khaled has spent plenty of time jet skiing around Miami. Now it's time to take it to the metaverse. https://t.co/BAEOtlkBal pic.twitter.com/Op32RHltBb
- Republic Realm (@joinrepublic_re) December 2, 2021
PC World revealed The Sandbox is an Ethereum-based blockchain project which takes place in a world similar to Minecraft. Now this is a comparison my early 2010s brain can understand!
Essentially, like NFTs and other blockchain projects, items in The Sandbox can be bought and sold, but they are still basically just pixels.
They do hold real-world value, because as The Metaflower has shown, people are really into this stuff right now.
The Sandbox actually started life as a mobile and PC game, but was bought in 2018 by Animoca Brands and has been brought into the blockchain.
Yesterday, an Axie Genesis Plot sold for 550 ETH!
This was the largest sale ever for a single plot of digital land :sparkles::fire:
Learn about Land :point_down:https://t.co/6zPh0roPqG pic.twitter.com/4h5yERCwwO
- Axie Infinity:loud_sound: (@AxieInfinity) November 25, 2021
The metaverse world is really heating up at the moment, beyond whatever Mark Zuckerberg is doing with Facebook.
Axie Infinity, a play-to-earn gaming platform, saw a sale of a virtual plot of land sell for $3.2 million last week, the largest price paid for a single plot of virtual land to date.
That sound you just heard was the collective heart of first home buyers the country over breaking.
Not even smashed avo can save us now.