Bored Apes Yacht Club NFT collection creators revealed as Justin Bieber buys another for US$470,000
Two Florida men behind the popular Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT collection - Greg Solano and Wylie Aronow - were doxxed and their mysterious identities finally revealed. Mr. Solano writes with the pen name Gargamel and Mr. Aronow has Gordon Goner as their online persona. The Bored Apes Yacht Club (BAYC) creators collective sold millions worth of NFTs to celebrities like Paris Hilton, Jimmy Fallon, or Justin Bieber beforehand, though.
After buying a sad-looking Bored Ape #3001 NFT for the princely sum of 500 ETH (~US$1.3 million), Justin Bieber just got another, more cheerful Bored Ape #3850 which hadn't even been listed on the OpenSea platform yet.
The performer paid "just" 166 ETH (~US$470,000) in a direct, peer-to-peer transaction this time around, adding to his growing NFT collection. The Bored Ape #3850 NFT ranks a bit higher in rarity compared to his previous BAYC purchase, though, at below 1%. Even then, Justin Bieber is said to have paid for yet another fairly unremarkable Bored Ape NFT three times above its base price, somewhat proving The Atlantic's point that celebrities and NFTs are a match made in hell.
Got doxxed against my will. Oh well.— GordonGoner.eth (@GordonGoner) February 5, 2022
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