The last block on the proof-of-work (PoW) Ethereum chain before The Merge was filled by a VanityBlocks non-fungible token (NFT) minted for 31.5 ETH, which was succeeded by the first NFT in the post-Merge proof-of-stake (PoS) chain minted for 36 ETH. 

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Fast facts

  • A VanityBlocks NFT called “The Last POW Block” is currently being auctioned on OpenSea NFT marketplace with a running bid of 10 ETH, as of press time.
  • The final block on the Ethereum PoW chain containing the NFT was successfully mined by F2Pool.
  • VanityBlocks NFTs are designed to fill up an entire block upon minting, essentially allowing owners to claim pieces of the Ethereum blockchain.
  • Meanwhile, Twitter user @0xTransition announced the minting of “The Transition,” a collection of 100 generative tokens featuring pandas, the first NFTs on the PoS chain.
  • The auction for “The Transition” had a standing bid of 1.76 ETH, at press time.

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