NFT Auctions: First digital smiley sold for more than $ 200,000

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The property rights to digital art are currently experiencing a boom. After the supposedly first digital smiley face in the USA was auctioned for $ 200,000 on Thursday, the “Side Eyeing Chloe” meme is now also for sale as an NFT. The current highest bid until the evening hours on Friday ongoing auction is currently a little over 6 ethers (around 15,000 euros).

The allegedly first digital smiley has been auctioned in the US for more than $ 200,000. The initially unknown highest bidder bought the emoji online on Thursday for $ 237,500 (about 200,000 euros), as can be seen on the website of the Heritage Auctions auction house in Dallas, Texas. The initial offer was $ 1,000.

Computer scientist Scott Fahlman from the University of Pittsburgh first suggested the combination of characters “:-)” for use in this context on September 19, 1982 – it is now considered by many to be the forefather of the digital smiley.

The meme “Side Eyeing Chloe”, which comes from a video recorded in 2013, is extremely popular on the Internet – including a Wikipedia entry. The unimpressed or alienated facial expression of the then three-year-old Chloe is used on the Internet to express concern. Has arisen the YouTube video with over 20 million viewswhen Katie Clem announces a visit to Disneyland for her daughters Lily and Chloe. The video shows the reactions of the two daughters.

Chloe’s worried look in the video turned into the meme “Side Eyeing Chloe”, which is now being auctioned by the Utah family as an NTF. For a Chloe fan, this would be a cool opportunity, explains Katie Clem, Chloe’s mother. With the proceeds she would like to finance the education of her daughters, writes the BBC.

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The “digital works of art” offered as NFT (non-fungible tokens) do not prevent the associated files from being copied. With the blockchain certificate, however, you should acquire the original. The WWW source code was recently auctioned for the equivalent of around 4.5 million euros as NFT. The digital work of art “Everydays: The First 5000 Days” has changed hands for 58.9 million euros. Jack Dorsey’s first tweet on Twitter was auctioned for the equivalent of 2.43 million euros. The proceeds for the Twitter CEO’s “Certificate of Authenticity” should go to those in need in Africa.

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