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Here’s why October is already a month of milestones for Solana

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When it comes to the sixth biggest blockchain by market cap, there’s usually some news – whether it’s to do with the alt coin’s price, a new NFT making waves, or connections to another blockchain itself.

In short, Solana has made itself attractive to both crypto artists as well as more mainstream finance companies like Grayscale Investments. Its recent NFT milestones and related initiatives are further signs of the same.

Not monkeying around

Solana recently retweeted a post showing that its NFT market cap had reached $1 billion. A large part of this was made up by the “Solana Monkey Business” collection. This NFT series consists of 5000 cheerful monkey art pieces stored on the blockchain.

One monkey from the series – #1355, the rarest of all – with a skeleton face and a rainbow jewel studded crown, sold for 13027 SOL or around $2 million on 1 October.

It’s worth noting that Solana’s famous “Degenerate Ape Academy” NFT collection featuring comical gorillas, also generated a great deal of attention and press in the past.

Climbing ahead

One could argue that Solana is also using the explosion of interest in NFTs to drive its own growth as an interoperable blockchain platform.

One example of this is the ETH<>SOL token bridge. Connected by Wormhole, the bridge recently went live and had more than $200 million in total value locked (TVL) at the start of October. Solana also retweeted an announcement claiming that more than 100 NFTs had moved across the bridge in just two weeks after it went live.

Meanwhile, Allbridge’s data for September showed that more than $480 million had been transferred to Solana from other blockchains.

Going to the market

Solana’s growth and its October milestones didn’t come out of nowhere. There were signs in September, when derivatives crypto exchange FTX’s CEO Sam Bankman-Fried’s tweet hinted at an NFT marketplace. Bankman-Fried also announced that NFTs would be cross-chain for Ethereum and Solana. FTX US’ President Brett Harrison also announced that NFTs minted on FTX could be listed in SOL, ETH, and USD.

It’s worth noting here that many crypto artists might view SOLSEA as another sign of Solana’s rising dominance in the NFT space and possibly over Ethereum itself.

At the same time, Solana also marked a milestone in the more traditional finance space. Grayscale added SOL to its large cap crypto fund for the very first time, in October. At press time, the price of one SOL was $165.03.

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Sahana is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. She has a Masters in Journalism and her areas of study include crypto-regulation, digital society, privacy, and intersectionality. Ask her about film photography and philately.