Another viral video fetches $760,000 at auction amid craze of non-fungible tokens

San Fransisco 24 May, 2021: Yet another classic piece of web culture has been sold for a six-figures, the most recent viral sensation from the 2000s to be anxiously snapped up by digital collectors of “non fungible tokens” or NFTs.

The home video “Charlie Bit My Finger” sold for nearly $761,000 on Sunday, on the fourteenth anniversary of its introduction. In the 55-second YouTube video from 2007, a British toddler named Harry holds his child sibling Charlie. On screen, the domestic scene makes an abrupt shift when Harry puts his pointer finger into his sibling’s mouth, and Charlie clasps down, producing the much-memed lines: “ouch, Charlie” and “Charlie, that truly hurt”.

With an excess of 883 million views, it’s one of YouTube’s most famous videos, however it will before long be deleted from the platform. The Davies-Carr family declared they would delete it following Sunday’s sale, saying the most elevated bidder would turn into “the sole proprietor of this adorable piece of web history”, although it has been copied, shared and re posted on various occasions across the web.

The auction drew offers from 11 accounts and sparked a bidding war between users “mememaster” and “3fmusic”, the latter of which eventually won with a $760,999 offer.  NFT collectibles, basically computerized resources with a genuineness certification made by the blockchain, have exploded in popularity over the previous year. While the idea of buying something endlessly reproducible may bewilder some, a manic appetite for NFTs has taken hold in markets all over the world as buyers vie for bragging rights to a certified original. Early web memorabilia, including images, GIFs, photographs and recordings, have done especially well.

In March, Twitter boss Jack Dorsey sold his first tweet, from 2006, which reads “just setting up my twttr,” for $2.9 million to a Malaysia-based businessman. A mystery buyer bought Nyan Cat, a 10-year-old liveliness of a flying, rainbow feline with a poptart body, for $590,000 the prior month. Meanwhile, “Disaster Girl”, a 16-year-old photo of a slyly smiling toddler with a house on fire in the background, was bought by a Dubai-based music studio for 180 Ethereum  last month, the equivalent of almost $500,000 at the time.

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