A girl, who became an internet star when a photo of her went viral, has sold the meme as a non-fungible token (NFT) for more than $74,000.
Back in 2013, Chloe and her sister were filmed by their mother as she told them they were going to Disneyland. The video has been watched more than 20 million times, and Chloe’s hilarious reaction became a popular meme.
Eight years later, BBC reports, a non-fungible token (NFT) of the meme was sold to 3F Music, a Dubai-based music production company, for 25 Ether, more than $74,000 worth.
“We’re so grateful for what it sold for,” said Chloe’s mum Katie. “The money is awesome, but it’s just the fact that we get to do this as a family is so much fun.”
“We’ll definitely get a Walt Disney holiday out of this next year!” she said.
NFTs became a hot topic in 2021, as an artist called Beeple sold off one for $69 million at Christie’s. Many other memes have fetched even more for their NFTs. Overly Attached Girlfriend – a woman smiling into the camera, eyes wide – made $411,000. The NFT of a young girl who seems to make eye contact with you as a house burns behind her, Disaster Girl, sold for $500,000. And none of those numbers compares to Doge, a meme of a Shiba Inu, which went for $4 million in June.
NFTs are described as ‘non-fungible,’ which means they can’t be replaced with or exchanged for another identical NFT as each token is completely unique, similar to a rare trading card.
You can think about it just the same way we look at famous paintings like the Mona Lisa – despite there being lots of copies, only one original painting exists. An NFT is like a digital certificate of authenticity, which can be used to prove a person owns the original piece of digital artwork. Just like posters of the Mona Lisa and the original painting, there’s quite a big price difference too.