‘Charlie Bit My Finger’ YouTube Video to Be Deleted After Selling as NFT for $760,99905/24/2021
Beloved meme video “Charlie Bit My Finger” is set to be deleted from YouTube — after the family behind the 14-year-old viral video sold it as a non-fungible token (NFT) for $760,999.
In the video, one of the first on YouTube to cross into mainstream culture, 3-year-old British tyke Harry sticks his finger into his one-year-old brother’s maw. “Ow, Charlie! Ow! Charlie! That really hurt!” Harry says, as his baby bro giggles. “Charlie bit me. And that really hurt, Charlie, and it’s still hurting.”
Earlier this month, the U.K.’s Davies-Carr family (whose kids are featured in the classic video) said they would auction off “Charlie Bit My Finger” as an NFT, which provides verified proof of ownership for digital assets using blockchain-based technology.
The NFT winner will be “the sole owner of this lovable piece of internet history,” according to the family’s site for the auction. In addition to owning the “soon-to-be-deleted YouTube phenomenon,” the buyer also will “have the opportunity to create their own parody of the video featuring the original stars, Harry and Charlie.”
The NFT auction of “Charlie Bit My Finger – Again!” was won by a user with the screen name “3fmusic,” a bid of $760,999. A Twitter account with the same name describes 3F Music as “one of the best and well equipped music studios in Middle East,” based in Dubai, but it’s not clear it’s the same entity that won the NFT auction.
The boys’ dad, Howard Davies-Carr, told CBS News that the money from the NFT sale “means that Harry goes to university and has a nice place to stay and doesn’t have to have a bar job.”
The family has unlisted the original video but as of this writing it remains available on YouTube. The clip has racked up more than 883 million views to date.
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