The Doge meme makes Internet history by selling for $4 million to officially become the most expensive meme NFT ever sold.


Our world that was once known for its many realms, physics, travel, has evolved into a world of memes, cryptocurrency, and social media. It’s now a world that contains an NFT of the spectacular “Doge” meme. Considered one of the internet’s most iconic and renowned memes, the Doge has sold as a nonfungible token for $4 million, becoming the most expensive meme NFT of all time. The lucky buyer user @pleasrdao, keeping in tune with the new modes of payments, shelled out 1,696.9 of the cryptocurrency Ethereum, which equals roughly $4 million on the auction website Zora.

The image was put up on the auction website by Atsuko Sato, the owner of the Doge meme. For meme-makers, this move has been long overdue as memes are used by millions over the years but seldom are their makers’ given credit. Don Caldwell, editor-in-chief of the internet meme database Know Your Meme, which certified Doge ahead of the auction, said, “We’re so happy to be a part of this milestone in internet history. If any meme deserved to be the new meme NFT record holder, it’s Doge.”

The owner of the meme, Sato, posted the image of Kabosu to her personal blog in 2010, not realizing the photo would take on a life of its own. Now 11 years later, this is what she has to say, “I took the photos to update my blog. I take a lot of pictures every day, so that day was nothing out of the ordinary. Kabosu loves having her photo taken, so she was delighted to have the camera pointed towards her.”

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“When I first found out about the Kabosu memes, I was shocked. I was terrified at the thought that just one photo I had casually posted on my blog could spread all over the world to places I didn’t know,” Sato said. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the NFT will go toward several charities, including the Japanese Red Cross Society and the World Food Programme.
Our world that was once known for its many realms, physics, travel, has evolved into a world of memes, cryptocurrency, and social media. It’s now a world that contains an NFT of the spectacular “Doge” meme. Considered one of the internet’s most iconic and renowned memes, the Doge has sold as a nonfungible token for $4 million, becoming the most expensive meme NFT of all time. The lucky buyer user @pleasrdao, keeping in tune with the new modes of payments, shelled out 1,696.9 of the cryptocurrency Ethereum, which equals roughly $4 million on the auction website Zora.

The image was put up on the auction website by Atsuko Sato, the owner of the Doge meme. For meme-makers, this move has been long overdue as memes are used by millions over the years but seldom are their makers’ given credit. Don Caldwell, editor-in-chief of the internet meme database Know Your Meme, which certified Doge ahead of the auction, said, “We’re so happy to be a part of this milestone in internet history. If any meme deserved to be the new meme NFT record holder, it’s Doge.”

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The owner of the meme, Sato, posted the image of Kabosu to her personal blog in 2010, not realizing the photo would take on a life of its own. Now 11 years later, this is what she has to say, “I took the photos to update my blog. I take a lot of pictures every day, so that day was nothing out of the ordinary. Kabosu loves having her photo taken, so she was delighted to have the camera pointed towards her.”

“When I first found out about the Kabosu memes, I was shocked. I was terrified at the thought that just one photo I had casually posted on my blog could spread all over the world to places I didn’t know,” Sato said. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the NFT will go toward several charities, including the Japanese Red Cross Society and the World Food Programme.

[Via: NBC News]

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