Famed as one of the original viral videos, Charlie Bit My Finger was sold for £538,000 ($760,999). The family auctioned the video as a non-fungible token (NFT). Charlie Bit My Finger was uploaded to YouTube in 2007 and was viewed more than 880 million times. The adorable video shows Charlie Davies-Carr, who was a baby at the time of filming, biting the finger of his big brother, Harry Davies-Carr.
The Davies-Carr family auctioned the clip as an NFT on Sunday to commemorate the 14th anniversary of the video’s upload.
After a dramatic bidding battle, an anonymous account called ‘3fmusic’ outbid ‘mememaster’ for the clip.
An NFT is essentially a certificate to say you own something digital, such as viral videos, memes or tweets. Having an NFT means you can prove that the specific item you own is authentic.
If someone owns that NFT, nobody else can own it unless it is sold or given to them.
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Charlie and Harry’s dad, Howard Davies-Carr, told the New York Post: “We were one of the first to embrace YouTube and we are being one of the first to embrace NFT’s and cryptos.”
Mr Davies-Carr reportedly only uploaded the video to YouTube because he wanted to show it to the boys’ godfather who lived in America, but the file was too large to send over email.
Quickly, the video became an internet phenomenon and the family have made more than £100,000 in the last 10 years.
Money from the video allowed the family to send Charlie, Harry and their two brothers to private school.
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