Following the closure of the auction this weekend, the video will be removed from the internet for good.
We’ve seen all manner of weird and wonderful things come out of the world of finance this year so far, and this latest news is no different.
Stars of the viral Charlie bit my finger video, Harry and Charlie, now 17 and 15 respectively, are set to sell the video and then delete it from the internet altogether.
The video, which has been viewed over 880m times on YouTube will be auctioned off later on this week on the 14th anniversary of the video’s upload.
Unlike other memes-turned-NFTs, the owner of the viral video will have complete sole ownership of it, with the internet favourite being removed from all platforms on 23 May 2021.
The lucky winner of the auction will also be able to create their own parody of the video featuring the original stars, Harry and Charlie.
In an interview with the New York Post, Harry and Charlie’s father Howard Davies-Carr said: “We were one of the first to embrace YouTube and we’re being one of the first to embrace NFT’s and cryptos.”
Davies-Carr posted the video of Harry and Charlie, then just three and one, for his friends and family to see, unintentionally racking up hundreds of millions of views on YouTube.
The video was one of the first viral videos on the internet and has even been parodied on Jimmy Kimmel Live by Hollywood megastars Chris and Liam Hemsworth, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.
Harry and Charlie are not the first viral internet stars to auction off their memorable internet moments as NFTs.
Earlier this year, ‘Disaster Girl’ Zoë Roth sold a photo of her as a young girl smirking at the camera while a house burns down in the background for a whopping $500,000 and internet favourite Nyan Cat was recently sold for $590,000
Even fintechs have crossed over into the world of NFTs.
Let’s hope Charlie (and Harry) hasn’t bitten off more than he can chew...