Earlier this week, an NFT of viral YouTube video “Charlie Bit My Finger” sold for a whopping $761,000. After the sale was completed, it looked like the original would disappear from YouTube to be “memorialized on the blockchain,” but thankfully for fans that won’t be the case after all.
“After the auction we connected with the buyer, who ended up deciding to keep the video on YouTube,” Howard Davies-Carr, the father of the two brothers who appear in the video, said in an interview with Quartz. “The buyer felt that the video is an important part of popular culture and shouldn’t be taken down. It will now live on YouTube for the masses to continue enjoying as well as memorialized as an NFT on the blockchain.”
Davies-Carr also said that his family offered to delist the clip to increase the sale price. “After 14 years on YouTube through its many iterations, we did feel that NFTs would breathe new life into this piece of internet history,” he said. The family will use the proceeds from the auction to pay for the university educations of the two sons. It will also donate part of the money to carbon offset charities. So this is not a bad ending at all.
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