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Pudgy Penguins NFT Project Sold for $2.5 Million to LA-Based Entrepreneur

Cameron CilettiCameron Ciletti
Pudgy Penguins NFT Project Sold for $2.5 Million to LA-Based Entrepreneur

On Apr. 2 — the first time the official account for Pudgy Penguins tweeted in almost two months — the project said it was "ready to announce the worst kept secret in web3."

That secret was the acquisition of the Pudgy Penguins, which has been announced a handful of times on social media and only now seems official. The day after the news broke, Cole (@ColeThereum on Twitter), one of the founding members of Pudgy Penguins, released a tweet stating that the much-maligned project was acquired by LA-based entrepreneur Luca Netz (@LucaNetz on Twitter).

According to CoinDesk, Netz acquired the project for 750 ETH (about $2.5 million) — Netz also sent a tweet out back in January to Cole saying “750 ETH for the @Pudgy_Penguins by the NFT degenerates. Make your move @ColeThereum.” Cole goes on to say that he is no longer associated with the Pudgy Penguins in any way and is now just a community member.

Netz was not the first or only person to inquire about buying the project. Back in January, creator of The OpenDAO @9x9x9eth said they had reached out about buying a stake in the company. Pudgy Penguins responded with an offer of 4,000 ETH for 20 percent equity in the company, 9x9x9eth said, valuing the Pudgy Penguins at 20,000 ETH, and 9x9x9eth ultimately decided to pass.

Then around two months later the founders of Pudgy Penguins reached back out to 9x9x9eth and offered him 100 percent of the company for 888 ETH. 9x9x9eth ultimately decided to pass stating concerns with the treasury containing no money.

In April, the floor of the Pudgy Penguins has gone up over 100 percent, and since the news of the buyout was confirmed, the project has been trading at over a 3 ETH floor.it

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