The parents of Chloe Clem, a girl whose photo has become a popular meme, will put up for sale its original, digital version. The starting price is $ 15,000, or almost PLN 60,000. Chloe’s future education is to be paid from the money obtained. The photo will be sold as an NFT token. This technology has recently become more and more popular as it enables the sale of original versions of popular Internet content.
Now ten-year-old Chloe Clem rose to popularity in 2013 when her mother uploaded a video of her unshakable reaction to her unexpected trip to Disneyland. So far, the video has been watched almost 20 million times, and the image of the girl has become known to Internet users from all over the world. Her profile on Instagram is followed by over half a million people.
– It was very strange, very overwhelming. My family and friends sent me these memes all the time and they still do it to this day – says Chloe’s mother.
Now the original photo will be sold as a non-exchangeable token (NFT), which is a digital certificate confirming the authenticity of the work. The asking price for the photo starts at 5 Ethereum. The total amount in this cryptocurrency currently equals $ 15,000.
Chloe says, “I’d like to buy a horse, I’d like to build my own Walt Disney World,” but I’d just like her to finish college, says Chloe’s mom.
NFT technology is becoming more and more popular
NFT technology has become more and more popular in recent times as it allows you to sell original versions of popular internet content – such as memes and social media posts – as if they were physical works of art. Often the artist retains the copyright of the work in order to continue to sell copies, but the buyer becomes the owner of the “original”.
Although the works are only digital, they can achieve staggering sums.
In March, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey sold his first social networking post for the equivalent of $ 2.9 million to a Malaysian businessman. Soon after, in April, a woman in a meme called “Disaster Girl” sold her picture for $ 500,000. A few weeks later, an original meme called “Overly Attached Girlfriend” was acquired for $ 411,000.
However, cybercriminals also show interest in the new form of sale. In August, a Banksy fan was tricked into purchasing a fake NFT certificate by a hacker. However, I managed to recover most of the $ 336,000 paid to the criminal’s account.
Main photo source: BBC