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CSGO: Chinese collector buys AK-47 skin used by Twistzz for $160,000

One of the highly coveted AK-47 CSGO skins has just set a new record after being sold for a whopping $160,000 marking it one of the biggest open market sales in the history of the game.

A Chinese collector recently purchased a Wild Lotus skin for an AK-47 rifle on March 13th for €149,000, which is approximately $160,000 USD. While it may not be the most expensive skin, it is likely now in the top 10. The skin is a rare one called Wild Lotus that was introduced in 2019, and there are fewer than 3,000 of them in existence, with even fewer in “Factory New” condition.

Why was the skin so highly valued?

A Wild Lotus in “Factory New” condition typically costs around $10,000, but the reason this particular skin sold for over $150,000 is that it had rare stickers applied. The skin features four Reason Holo stickers from the Katowice 2014 CS:GO Major, which are currently valued at approximately $40,000 each. Since the Wild Lotus skin was introduced in 2019, the stickers were already highly expensive when they were applied, making the buyer pay almost the full value of the stickers.

While the stickers perfectly match the colour of the weapon, their rarity is such that only two other AK-47 Wild Lotus skins bear these stickers, and each of them would be worth a similar price.

Where was the skin sold?

On March 13th, the previous owner of the AK-47 skin sold it on Buff, the largest Chinese marketplace for CS:GO trading, for a final price of €148,937.73 (equivalent to $159,653.80 USD). While numerous expensive items are typically traded through private sales, this publicly-known transaction value offers a glimpse into the staggering costs some items can reach.

The AK-47 in question was reportedly used by FaZe Clan’s Russel ‘Twistzz’ Van Dulken in 2022, after borrowing it from the previous owner. As is common for most “high-tier” items in CS:GO, the buyer is a Chinese collector. It is a common tradition for such collectors to lend their items to top players during events and we won’t be surprised to this one make an appearance in the coming days.

FAQs

Q: What is the most expensive CS:GO skin?

A: The Most Expensive CSGO Skin Ever Sold in the History of Counter Strike Global Offensive is the AK-47 Case Hardened with the StatTrak™ Technology. Bearing 4 ‘Titan | Katowice 2014’ stickers on the skin with a Minimal Wear finish.

Q: What makes a CS:GO skin valuable?

A: The rarity, condition, and popularity of the skin are the main factors that determine its value.

Q: How do I get a rare CS:GO skin?

A: Rare CS:GO skins can be obtained through trading with other players, opening cases, or purchasing them from the Steam Community Market.

Q: What is the difference between a factory new and a battle-scarred skin?

A: The condition of a skin refers to its appearance, with factory new being the best condition and battle-scarred being the worst. Factory new skins have no visible wear and tear, while battle-scarred skins have noticeable scratches, scuffs, and other damage.

Q: What is a StatTrak skin? A: A StatTrak skin tracks the number of kills made with that weapon, and it displays the count on the skin itself.

Q: What are some other expensive CS:GO skins? A: Other expensive CS:GO skins include the M9 Bayonet Crimson Web, StatTrak AK-47 Fire Serpent, and StatTrak Bowie Knife Crimson Web.

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