‘Nyan Cat’ flying Pop-Tart meme sells for almost $600,000 as one-of-a-kind crypto artwork

Nyan Cat

  • A crypto artwork rendition of the Nyan Cat meme bought for about $590,000 on Friday.
  • Crypto artwork represents a $100 million market and permits digital artists to monetize memes.
  • Buyers have gambled on digital keepsakes just like the Nyan Cat prior to now.
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A one-of-a-kind digital rendition of the Nyan Cat meme from 2011 bought for about $590,000 in a web based public sale on Friday. 

Over the previous few weeks, on-line gross sales of nonfungible tokens, extra generally often known as NFTs, have taken off, as cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin boomed. 

NFT artwork merchandise – which function as a kind of digital asset or token – have in some situations bought for over $3.5 million a chunk, contributing to a crypto artwork market that’s at present valued at over $100 million.

For Chris Torres, the creator of Nyan Cat, the NFT sale represented his first foray into crypto artwork.

“I am very shocked with the success, however I feel I am most glad understanding that I’ve mainly opened the door to an entire new meme economic system within the crypto world,” Torres instructed Nasdaq.

Torres remastered the unique animated GIF for its 10-year anniversary and ran a 24-hour public sale on the crypto artwork platform Basis on Thursday. 

The platform itself had solely simply launched two weeks prior and permits artists like Torres to proceed to revenue off their work if a purchaser resells the piece afterward for additional revenue.

Bids for the Nyan Cat began at 3 Ether (ETH) or about $1,544.38 and closed at 300 ETH – about $590,000 on the time of the sale. 

Nearly all of crypto artwork platforms use Ethereum as technique of cost. ETH is the second largest cryptocurrency by market worth after Bitcoin.

The customer was nameless, showing solely as “oxy7eb2…3f6b” on Basis’s web site. The account will possible be the only real proprietor of the digital meme, as Torres instructed The Verge he has no plans to promote further copies of the picture sooner or later.

Regardless of the sale, the prevailing Nyan Cat GIF and video will nonetheless be obtainable for distribution on-line. The crypto artwork sale merely permits the client to function as a collector of kinds – because the proprietor of a digital piece of artwork primarily based on a well-liked meme.

The Nyan Cat meme originated on YouTube and rapidly turned an web sensation. The video depicts an animated cartoon cat that has a Pop-Tart for a torso. The video follows the cat because it flies by means of house, leaving a rainbow path. The sequence is ready to Japanese pop music and at present has over 185 million views on YouTube.


For the sale, Torres remastered the Nyan Cat by means of minor touch-ups, together with eradicating a star from the animated sequence, in keeping with The Verge. 

Crypto artwork might enable creators to revenue off memes

“The creator initially owns it, after which they’ll promote it and immediately monetize and have recognition for his or her work,” Torres instructed The Verge.

Nyan Cat is just not the primary crypto artwork to promote for a big sum of cash. On Sunday, a bunch of 34 digital collectible items of artwork, referred to as CryptoPunks, bought for over $1 million in ETH, in keeping with CoinDesk. In December, the digital artist Beeple bought an NFT artwork assortment for over $3.5 million. 

Buyers have gambled on digital merchandise like Nyan Cat prior to now. In 2018, 1.5 million individuals put over $40 million into the digital equal of Beanie Infants, CryptoKitties. 

Torres, Basis, and Ethereum.org didn’t reply in time to remark.

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