This weekend, the record for largest NFT sale of a viral video/meme was set by the Charlie Bit My Finger video on Origin’s NFT Launchpad. Seen by over 883 million people on the original upload on YouTube, Charlie Bit My Finger is the most-viewed viral video of all time, with billions of additional views racked up on other uploads and platforms. We wanted to congratulate both 3FMusic, the winner of the auction and a well-known and very respected NFT collector, and the Davies-Carr family, the creators of the unforgettable video.
Auctioned off as a unique 1-of-1 NFT, Charlie Bit My Finger has made history again by breaking the previous records for a meme-as-NFT sale set by Nyan Cat at around $580,000 and Disaster Girl at around $500,000. Charlie Bit My Finger brought in over $760,000 despite difficult market conditions with Bitcoin and Ethereum slumping in recent weeks. This demonstrates that NFTs are here to stay and cements Origin’s NFT Launchpad as the undisputed leader in direct-to-fan NFT auctions. Origin is disrupting how digital content is owned and distributed, creating far reaching implications for creators, consumers, and online communities.
The winning bidder was 3FMusic, a prominent NFT collector and music producer based in Dubai. Hundreds of people participated in the bidding room and many more celebrated the drop live on Clubhouse as the auction happened. This historic NFT auction generated headlines on a variety of mediums and platforms, on TV & radio including Good Morning America, CBS, CNBC, ABC, Fox News, KTLA, CNN, BBC, NPR; print & online featuring The New York Times, USA Today, Time Magazine, LA Times, Rolling Stone, New York Post, Daily Mail, Yahoo!, Fox Business, Hypebeast; crypto specific media with CoinDesk and regional coverage around the globe like Chosun, HKB News, and the front page of Naver in Korea.
It’s exceedingly rare for the sale of a digital asset to generate this much press in such a short period of time and demonstrate the ability for NFTs to captivate the attention of the mainstream.
The original stars of the video, Harry and Charlie Davies-Carr, have grown up with YouTube as the original creator platform. As they enter adulthood and the next phase of their lives, they are making history again with the next generation in creator platforms with Origin’s NFT Launchpad. Charlie Bit My Finger has brought joy to billions of people and as part of the NFT creation process, the Davies-Carr family vowed to delete the video from YouTube to reinforce the uniqueness and scarcity of the 1-of-1 NFT.
Due to the timelessness and popularity of the video, there was some controversy among the viewing public and internet commentators about whether or not deletion from YouTube was the right move to promote NFTs on a global stage. In response to this, the Davies-Carr family has left it up to the NFT auction winner, 3FMusic, to decide what happens to the YouTube version of Charlie Bit My Finger.
Stay tuned for more historic NFT drops and the evolution of content and community by Origin.
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