The beloved video “Charlie Bit My Finger” will remain on YouTube after all.
Howard Davies-Carr, the father of the United Kingdom toddlers featured in the May 2007 viral clip, sold it last weekend as a non-fungible token for $760,999, Variety reported.
NFT uses blockchain technology to provide verified proof of ownership for digital assets, according to Variety.
The winner of the video, which has been viewed more than 885 million times, was 3FMusic, according to a tweet from Origin Protocol, which ran the auction.
Originally, the video was going to be taken off YouTube, but Howard Davies-Carr said it will remain on the platform.
“After the auction, we connected with the buyer, who ended up deciding to keep the video on YouTube,” Davies-Carr told tech-news site Quartz. “The buyer felt that the video is an important part of popular culture and shouldn’t be taken down. It will now live on YouTube for the masses to continue enjoying as well as memorialized as an NFT on the blockchain.”
The video became one of the first on YouTube to cross over into mainstream culture. It was uploaded to the video platform by Davies-Carr because he could not email it to the boys’ godparents in the United States, according to the BBC.
The news network said the clip was filmed as “a part of catching random moments as the boys were growing up,” and that it “unintentionally went viral.”
In the video, Harry Davies-Carr, who was 3 years old, sticks his finger into the mouth of his 1-year-old brother, Charlie Davies-Carr.
Naturally, Charlie chomped down on his brother’s finger like it was a meatstick, prompting Harry to yelp, “Ow, Charlie! Ow! Charlie! That really hurt!”
While Charlie giggles, Harry repeats that, “Charlie bit me. And that really hurt, Charlie, and it’s still hurting.”
The brothers, now 17 and 15, said in a statement that they saw the auction of the video as a new opportunity, USA Today reported.
“‘Charlie Bit My Finger’ has been a huge part of the Davies-Carr family’s lives for the past 14 years, and they are excited to welcome others to become a part of their story,” the statement read. “This is not the end of the beloved video, but rather a new beginning.”
Howard Davies-Carr told CBS News that the money from the NFT sale “means that Harry goes to university and has a nice place to stay and doesn’t have to have a bar job.”
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