A digital gold rush is underway.
Not so long ago that your normal person had no clue what an NFT was. But now, they’re making headlines for selling for hundreds of thousands of bucks. Predictably, people are learning about NFTs super fast.
An NFT (non-fungible token) is a type of cryptocurrency where you own a unique digital object. Think of it sort of like digital art. So, people have paid lots of cash for classic memes — effectively the foundational works of digital art.
“It’s been really fascinating to watch how this gold rush has happened,” Don Caldwell, editor-in-chief of the meme website Know Your Meme told NBC News. “As far as it goes with becoming a meme, it’s very difficult to monetize that. We’ve spoken to numerous people who have become memes and have had a lot of difficultly making money off their creations.”
Here are some of the classic memes that sold for really big monry.
Zoë Roth, who is best known as Disaster Girl, raked in $500,000 in Ethereum when she sold her famous image — where she’s eying a camera as a house burns — as an NFT in May 2021.
Doge is now well known and everyone knows about it. The coin is going to the moon. And the NFT traded for an Enormous chunk of change. In June 2021, it sold for a record-breaking $4 million worth of Ethereum.
The simple picture of a Shiba Inu named “Kabosu” was taken back in 2010. It has since spread all over the world.
The YouTube clip was one of the original viral videos some 14 years ago. An NFT of the video sold for $760,999 in May and the video has now left YouTube for good.
By owning the Overly Attached Girlfriend #NFT, you’re guaranteed to never be alone again.
— Laina (@laina622) April 2, 2021
That meme of the girl apparently dying for your love sold for $411,000 in Ethereum in April. Laina Morris, the face behind the meme.
The badly dressed, 1,000-yard stare meme from many moons ago sold for about $57,000 in March.
I’m sure you know this one. The fist-pumping toddler who was very famous as an early meme about like…getting fries at the bottom of a takeout bag? That sold for 15 Ethereum, which is now worth $32,355.75, Now that is really successful kid.
Chris Crocker made internet history by supporting Britney Spears in a viral video back in 2007. Now that video is sold for about $41,000 in April.
A flying, rainbow, Pop Tart cat meme sold for $590,000. The world we live in is unbelievable.