The iconic video “Charlie Bit My Finger” will be kept on YouTube.
According to Variety, Howard Davies-Carr, the UK toddlers’ father in the viral video from May 2007, sold it as a non-fungible token for $760,999 last weekend.
According to Variety, NFT employs blockchain technology to give verifiable evidence of ownership for digital assets.
As per a tweet from Origin Protocol, which sponsored the auction, 3FMusic was the winner of the video, which has been seen over 885 million times.
The video was supposed to be removed from YouTube. However, Howard Davies-Carr said that it would stay on the platform.
While talking to a tech-news site Quartz, Davies-Carr said, “After the auction, we connected with the buyer, who ended up deciding to keep the video on YouTube. 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 was one of the first on YouTube to gain mainstream attention. According to the BBC, Davies-Carr uploaded it to the video platform because he couldn’t email it to the boys’ godparents in the United States.
The video was shot as part of capturing “a part of catching random moments as the boys were growing up,” according to the news network, and it “unintentionally went viral.”
Harry Davies-Carr, who was three years old at the time, sticks his finger into the mouth of his one-year-old brother, Charlie Davies-Carr, in the video.
Naturally, Charlie gnawed on his brother’s finger like a meatstick, triggering Harry to exclaim, “Ow, Charlie! Ow! Charlie! That really hurt!”
“Charlie bit me,” Harry says again as Charlie laughs. “And that really hurt, Charlie, and it’s still hurting.”
According to USA Today, the brothers, now 17 and 15, said in a statement that they saw the video auction as a potential beginning.
The statement read that “‘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. This is not the end of the beloved video, but rather a new beginning.”
The money from the NFT sale, according to Howard Davies-Carr, “means that Harry goes to university and has a nice place to stay and doesn’t have to have a bar job.”