LONDON: The stars of the viral ‘Charlie bit my finger’ video are set to sell the video and then delete it from YouTube altogether.
The video, which has been viewed over 880 million times on YouTube will be auctioned off later this week on the 14th anniversary of the video’s upload
The Davis-Carr family is removing their video from YouTube and auctioning it as a non-fungible token (NFT). The 2007 iconic video shows Charlie biting his brother Harry’s finger, now aged 15 and 17 respectively.
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 May 23.
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, 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, ‘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