The hilarious “Charlie Bit My Finger” home video, which features a toothy baby in England
and his startled big brother, is being removed from YouTube
after the boys’ parents auctioned it off for a whopping $760,999.
The video, which was posted so the boys' godparents could see it in America, has gone down in history as one of the most popular videos ever, with 883 million views on YouTube (it was still up Monday night).
In it, big brother Harry Davies-Carr, 3, sticks his finger into year-old Charlie's mouth while the two smile, and when Charlie chomps down, Harry begs him to stop, crying, "Chawley! That weally hurt!" Charlie laughs.
Over the weekend, the clip was auctioned off as a non-fungible token
(NFT) — a unique, verifiable digital object — to an unidentified buyer (3fmusic), who now has sole control of the popular video. Bidding began at $1,000, and there were 11 bidders.
“Bid to own the soon-to-be-deleted YouTube phenomenon, ‘Charlie Bit My Finger,’ leaving you as the sole owner of this lovable piece of internet history,” the family advertised on the auction website it set up to sell the treasure.
According to the family, the buyer will also "have the opportunity to create their own parody
of the video featuring the original stars, Harry and Charlie," who are now 17 and 14.
The funds will be used to support Harry, Charlie, and their two younger brothers, according to their father, Howard Davies-Carr, who previously stated that the family used YouTube views to help fund the boys' education
The film's unexpected success initially perplexed the family.
When the video was first posted, Matthew Liu, a product manager at YouTube at the time, described it as "literally the definition of a viral video
" and recalled the company's fascination with it, telling Time that it "really captivated the entire world's imagination."
earned by the video, according to their father, “could mean the difference between [the brothers] having cheaper student loans, nicer housing
, and not having to work
in a bar.”
According to NonFungible.com, which tracks transactions, over $2 billion was spent on NFTs in the first quarter of 2021, representing a 2,100% increase over the previous quarter.
The “Disaster Girl Meme,” which depicts a young girl smiling while a fire burns in the background, was recently sold as an NFT for more than $450,000.