An NFT is essentially just an immutable string of code to which you can attach anything including songs, a deed for a property, digital art and, as it turns out, memes.
Most of the internet-breaking memes have already been turned into NFTs by savvy digital creators and the prices they’ve sold for are eye-watering.
Here’s a list to remind you of the crazy times we live in.
7. Side Eyeing Chloe (25 ETH)
Back in 2013, Katie Clem took her two daughters Lily and Chloe to Disneyland and while Lily loved the trip, Chloe really didn’t.
Her ‘side-eyeing’ reaction was so funny and spontaneous it became an instant internet sensation and around eight years later, in September 2021, an NFT of this meme was sold for 25 ETH – around $76k at the time and worth around $60k at the time of writing.
6. Scumbag Steve (30.2008 ETH)
Scumbag Steve is one of the oldest memes on the internet because the picture was actually taken in 2006 and initially shared on MySpace. Yup. Doesn’t time fly?
Blake Boston, the guy in the picture, was 16 years old at the time and he said he actually received unwanted attention because of this photo, both on and off the internet.
On the plus side, Boston himself minted and sold his NFT for 30.2008 ETH in March 2021, worth around $54k at the time and over $76,000 today.
5. Grumpy Cat (44.2 ETH)
The Grumpy Cat frenzy started in 2012 when Tabatha Bundensen posted a picture of her cat Tardar Sauce to Reddit, the caption simply read: “Meet Grumpy Cat”.
Fast-forward to 2021 and Grumpy Cat has her own [blue tick verified] Instagram account and of course her own NFT, which sold for 44.2 ETH in March 2021, worth around $78,000 at the time and around $113k today.
4. Disaster Girl (180 ETH)
This was an actual fire and Zoe Roth, the girl in the picture, is not an actress, which probably explains why this picture, known as ‘Disaster Girl’, went viral.
Roth was 4 years old when the picture was taken in 2004 and now, and the ripe old age of 22, she’s probably not going to have a hard time figuring out what to do with the 180 ETH she made with this NFT.
Especially when you consider that the price of ETH has gone up since she sold the NFT and 180 ETH is now worth nearly half a million dollars.
3. Nyan Cat (300 ETH)
The Nyan Cat was created by Chris Torres, who was also the creator of the non-fungible token that kick-started the meme NFT craze in the early part of 2021.
Right after selling the Nyan Cat NFT, Torres correctly predicted it would be the first of many and it would become a trend.
He said the sale “opened up the flood gates to the future of meme economy in the Crypto universe”.
The Nyan Cat sold for 300 ETH, worth $587,241 at the exact time of the sale and around $768k today.
2. Charlie Bit My Finger (389 ETH)
The ‘Charlie Bit My Finger’ video was uploaded in 2007 and it went viral almost instantly, becoming the world’s most viewed video on YouTube in 2009.
The 55-second clip was filmed by Charlie and Harry’s father Howard Davies-Carr, who said he only uploaded the video so the boys’ grandfather could see it.
Howard sold the NFT in May 2021 for 389 ETH and he then removed the video from YouTube so it was a 1 of 1 NFT.
He added that the money he made from the sale would fund the two brothers’ college education and that’s good news for Charlie and Harry, because 389 ETH was worth $760,000 at the time and around a million dollars today.
1. Doge (1,696 ETH)
This is a perfect example of how a random thing on the internet can change everything.
It’s just a picture of a Shiba Inu, but not only did this dog picture make its owner a ton of money, it also single-handedly started a market that’s now worth billions of dollars.
Atsuko Sato shared a picture of her dog, a Shiba Inu named Kabosu, on her blog in 2010 and years later, the dog became the inspiration for the creation of Dogecoin, which in turn became the first of many memecoins – cryptocurrencies created for fun.
Today, Dogecoin has a market cap of 15 billion dollars and even though Sato won’t be receiving any royalties for that, she did create and sell an NFT of her dog for 1,696.9 ETH, worth around $3.99 mln at the time (June 2021) and well over $4 mln now.