From the legendary AK-47 to the mythical karambit: the most expensive skins in CS:GO
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a truly legendary shooter, but scandalous news from the market for cosmetic skins for in-game weapons often appear in the news headlines. Players lay out fabulous money for virtual rifles, knives and gloves. Portal dexerto.com made up a selection of the most expensive skins in CS:GO.
AK-47 Fire Serpent: $1,000 to $5,000
This classic skin is highly regarded due to its age: the AK-47 Fire Serpent was released back in 2013 when the Operation Bravo update was released. For this reason, a brand new version with a StatTrak counter can cost up to $5,000.
AK-47 Gold Arabesque (Souvenir): $1,200 to $7,000
The souvenir version of Gold Arabesque used to often drop in price due to a large supply, however, after Valve removed the Dust2 card from the active card pool, the value of the AK-47 Gold Arabesque skyrocketed. Now this skin in factory quality often costs more than $5,000.
AK-47 Wild Lotus: $2,000 to $10,000
AK-47 Wild Lotus is a relatively new skin that was only released in 2019. However, it belongs to the limited collection of St.Marc: there are less than 3,000 copies in free circulation. In addition, Wild Lotus is not only rare, but also a very beautiful skin, which makes it even more desirable. To buy a copy in factory quality, on average, you will need more than $ 8,000.
AWP Gungnir: $4,000 to $12,000
Another one of the recent skins. AWP Gungnir came into the game as part of the Norse collection and decisively displaced Dsert Hydra from the position of the most expensive AWP skin. Gungnir has a circulation of approximately 3,300 copies, and even used versions cost thousands of dollars. Factory ones are kept around $12,000.
Factory New Crimson Web knife: from $8,000
Like new Doppler knives, Crimson Web skins sometimes cost over $10,000: we are talking about factory copies with a statistics counter and the right pattern. The last factor is especially important because it affects the pattern of the web. One of these knives was sold for almost $15,000.
Karambit, Butterfly and M9 Bayonet Sapphire knives: $8,000 to $16,000
Due to the different phases, Doppler knives are sometimes less expensive, but Sapphire series skins require a serious investment. As a rule, karambits, butterflies and bayonet-knives of this coloring cost more than $10,000.
Sport Gloves Vice and Pandora’s Box: $2,000 to $20,000
Sports gloves were one of 17 original items that appeared in the Glove Case update, and the colored ones were the most valuable. Vice gloves tend to cost more than the rest, but the purple Pandora’s Box isn’t far behind. Both factory-quality items reach a price tag of up to $20,000, however, less rare models can be purchased for somewhere around $3,000. The reason is the rarity of the item: there are only 92 pairs of Vice gloves in the game, straight from the factory.
M4A4 Howl: $2,000 to $30,000
M4A4 Howl is the only “smuggled” skin in CS:GO, which automatically makes it a rarity. Some pre-owned models without stickers can be bought for under $5,000, but a factory version with a stat counter can cost as much as $30,000. Add expensive stickers to that and the price tag is well over $100,000.
AK-47 Case Hardened (661): $30,000 to $100,000
Like knives from the Case Hardened series, skins for AK-47 sometimes also ask for sky-high money. Most of them cost no more than a couple of hundred dollars, but a copy with the 661 pattern costs around $35,000. Thanks to this pattern, a significant proportion of the visible part of the weapon is painted blue, which makes the skin a collector’s rarity. Expensive stickers can push the price up to $100,000.
Souvenir AWP Dragon Lore: from $100,000
There are many popular skins for AWP, but Dragon Lore tends to be more expensive than others. In the most expensive version, the price can reach over $100,000. Items from souvenir lines are released in limited editions in honor of specific professional matches: they are usually decorated with symbols of specific teams and tournaments. Souvenir AWP Dragon Lore exists in only 114 copies.
Karambit Case Hardened (Blue Gem): Above $1.5M
This karambit is a mythical item without five minutes. The current owner of the skin bought it back for just over $100,000 in 2016, but the skin has gone up incredibly in price since then. The lucky owner of the knife turned down a $1.5 million offer, believing he deserved more money. The reason is simple: the chance of this particular 387 kermbit dropping is 1 in 371,000,000.