Laina Morris, known colloquially as an “overly bonded friend” thanks to her viral YouTube videos, auctioned her first non-fungible token (NFT) for 200 Ethereum (valued at approximately $ 417,200 at press time).
“You are insane. Thank you to everyone who bids and special thanks [3F Music]. You really have no idea how this is going to change my life. I mean it that way. I’m so incredibly grateful and still just blown away, “tweeted Morris today, adding,” So weird. So cool. Wtf. Thank you internet. “
You are insane. Thanks to everyone who bid and special thanks to @ 3fmusic 😳😭
You really have no idea how this is going to change my life. I mean it that way. I’m so incredibly grateful and still just blown away.
So strange. So cool. Wtf.
Thank you internet.
– Laina (@ laina622) April 4, 2021
The winning bid for the NFT was submitted by the music studio 3F Music. Recently it also paid 350 ETH (around $ 730,562 USD) for one NFT auctioned by The New York Times.
Morris rose to fame in 2012 when she posted a spoof video on YouTube in which she played the role of an “overly connected friend” singing a song to her boyfriend (and it’s not clear if he’s even aware of their relationship) . Since then, however, Morris has largely fallen silent on the radio.
“My name is Laina and I am the (creepy) face behind the meme. If you have the authenticated NFT” Overly Attached Girlfriend “, you will never be alone again. Always, ”wrote Morris in the description of their auction.
In particular, the NFT was coined on April 1st and could possibly just have been an April Fool’s joke. Bids started at 0.5 ETH (just over $ 1,000), but things escalated quickly today after 3F Music initially offered 30 ETH ($ 62,000). In just 20 minutes, the stakes increased and ended with the bid of 200 ETH.
If you own the Overly Attached Girlfriend #NFT, you are guaranteed never to be alone again.
Ever. ❤️https: //t.co/zJQ5keWmlh pic.twitter.com/aZD6P00CJh
– Laina (@ laina622) April 2, 2021
It is now not entirely clear what 3F Music actually bought here. Whether it’s Morris’ “scary face” meme or the photo itself as a work of art, it is highly unlikely that the owner of the NFT will be able to use it in any useful way.
Yesterday, 3F Music similarly bought two NFTs with meme photos from Allison Harvard, also known as “Creepy Chan” 35 ETH (73,250 USD) and 40 ETH (83,500 USD). According to Harvard itself, the NFTs allowed her to “authenticate and stake out” claims to her image.
Apart from the money, I was able to authenticate and assert my claim to my image by coining the Creepy Chan NFTs. They have been spreading the internet for years without my ever being able to say how they were used. I feel like I have to take my strength back today. So thank you again. It means a lot. ❤️
– Allison Harvard (@alliharvard) April 4, 2021
“Aside from the money, I was able to authenticate and assert my claim to my image by coining the NFTs from Creepy Chan. They have been spreading the internet for years without my ever being able to say how they were used. I feel like I have to take my strength back today. So thank you again. It means a lot, ”Harvard tweeted yesterday.
Though imprinting NFTs is highly unlikely to prevent the spread of memes or allow them to have a say in how they will ultimately be used.
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