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Disaster Girl Picture sells for $473,000 in Digital Currency
I don't remember this picture, taken by the father, of Zoe Roth smirking in front of a burning building from 2005 but apparently it was a polular meme and now the original has sold, in the form of a non-fungible token, for $473,000. Obviously it wasn't paid for in an actual national currency but Ethereum, which is money but like massively inflated, bloated digital money!
The picture in the form of a non-fungible token (NFT) - a kind of unique digital asset that has exploded in popularity so far in 2021 - was snapped up for 180 Ethereum, which is equivalent to $473,000, by a collector known only as @3FMusic.
An NFT is a unique digital token encrypted with an artist's signature and which verifies its ownership and authenticity and is permanently attached to the piece.
It allows 'original' versions of popular online content - like viral memes and tweets - to be sold as if they were physical pieces of art.
The collector @3FMusic is reportedly Farzin Fardin Fard, CEO of a Dubai-based music production company, according to Gizmodo.
Zoe, now a university student and waitress, and her father Dave - who captured the photo - were approached by an anonymous person via email in February who encouraged them to sell the image as an NFT.