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Charlie Bit My Finger video to be taken off YouTube after it sells for over £500,000 as an NFT

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The much-loved viral video Charlie Bit My Finger, will be removed from YouTube after it was sold for more than £500,000.

The video, which sees baby Charlie nibbling on his three-year-old brother Harry’s finger, was auctioned by the Davies-Carr family as a non-fungible token (NFT).

It was purchased for $760,999 (£538,000) by an anonymous account, known only as “3fmusic”, who emerged victorious after a bidding war with another account called “mememaster”.

The family said they would be donating the money to “carbon offset costs of mining bitcoins” and a university fund for the two boys, who are now 17 and 15.

“We are so pleased with the outcome of the NFT auction,” they said. “From the very beginning, we didn’t really have any expectations, but knew that in partnering with Origin Protocol we were making the best choice possible to then take part of this new frontier of cultural currency and internet history.”

The video has been viewed more than 880 million times since it was first shared on YouTube in 2007, and is considered to be one of the first and most widely viewed viral videos.

An NFT is a digital token signifying ownership of something, and uses blockchain technology. As owner of the NFT, the elusive “3fmusic” will have control over how, when and where the video is shared.

The family also confirmed that the sale also means there could be a sequel to the video and they were planning to “meet with the winner to re-enact the video in person”.

On the website, where the auction took place, the family had promised the winner of the auction the opportunity to “recreate a hilarious modern-day rendition of the classic clip” with “the original stars, Harry and Charlie”.

The Davies-Carrs also said the sale was a chance to become the “sole owner of this lovable piece of internet history”, describing the video as a “soon-to-be-deleted YouTube phenomenon”. The auction attracted hopefuls including “angrypepe” and “instanoodles” before bidding closed Sunday evening.

The video was reportedly never intended for internet stardom, and was only uploaded to YouTube when the file was too large for the boys’ father to send to relatives.

Charlie Bit My Finger is not the first viral video to be sold off. Last month, a meme coined “disaster girl”, depicting a young girl with a fire in the background, was sold as an NFT, grossing $473,000 (£341,000).

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