The Davies-Carr family, who posted one of the most watched viral videos on YouTube, ‘Charlie Bitten My Finger’ in 2007, announced that the beloved clip would be removed from YouTube on May 23 and sold. auctioned as NFT.
An NFT, which stands for Non-Fungible Token, gives buyers exclusive ownership of an original and unique digital work. Over the past few months, we’ve seen popular internet memes, pictures, and videos being sold as NFTs. In February 2021, the Nyan Cat meme sold as NFT for around $ 600,000. In May, the “Disaster Girl” meme sold for over $ 500,000. And “Charlie bit my finger” is about to join the club.
The lovely Home movie, which remains one of the most memorable viral clips of the 2000s, shows a young British boy named Harry holding his baby brother, Charlie. During the 55-second video, Charlie bites Harry’s finger twice and a series of laughs, tears, and adorable toddler quotes – including “Ouch, Charlie!” And “Charlie bit me!” – follow.
The two brothers, now teenagers (Harry, 17 and Charlie, 15), see the auction as “the perfect opportunity to embrace the next iteration of the Internet,” according to a statement on charliebitme.com.
In addition to being the sole owner of this Internet relic, the highest bidder in the NFT auction will have the chance to create their own parody of the viral video with the original two stars of the video.
The auction opened at 10 a.m.ET on May 22, and the video, shown below, will be removed from YouTube on Sunday, May 23. You can stay up to date with any bids here before the auction closes on May 23 at 10 a.m. ET.
Get your final views now, folks. And say goodbye to another iconic element of the era of the good internet.
UPDATE: May 22, 2021, 1 p.m. EDT An earlier version of this story referencing Harry and Charlie seen in the original video as being eight and six years old, respectively. They weren’t… not that old then. The text has been corrected and we apologize for the error.