The classic “Charlie Puri my fingers – again!” The creators of the video are auctioning it now for NFT, but with a twist. At the end of the auction, which begins on May 22, the original video will be permanently removed from YouTube, according to a press release, where it currently has over 880 million views. The auction begins on the 14th anniversary of the video.
Because NFTs exploded into the cultural landscape earlier this year, we’ve seen plenty of memes selling in the mid-to-mid-2000s in the blockchain, and many of them got higher prices than I ever imagined. The non-exhaustive list includes:
In light of these figures, some people (myself included) have sternly said something like “why would you pay so much for something that isn’t really scarce? I see a Nyan cat on the internet whenever I want.” Deleted one of YouTube’s most famous videos resolves that argument at least somewhat, because anyone who gets access to the NFT can really demand something scarce. In other words, assuming the buyer doesn’t just upload the video themselves (and ignores the reloads that are currently on the Internet).