Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are possibly the hype trend in the digital world at the moment. NFT sales of artwork, music, video clips, and many more have been observed during the last few years, however, one of the real hot topics on the NFT market is memes.
What is Meme?
The meme phenomenon is known to include certain photos and video clips that get international comedy fame after being adapted and re-adapted over and over on the internet and shared online for amusement. Mostly, popular memes are based on the pictures regular people take which portrays an amusing concept to internet audiences. These people turn into characters due to the respective memes, such as “Bad Luck Brian” (Ohio resident Kyle Craven) and “Overly Attached Girlfriend” (Laina Morris from Denton, Texas).
Two well-known meme personalities are Craven and Morris who add to their fame with their NFT memes on an NFT sale. Also, Chris Torres, the creator of the famous meme Nyan Cat (which is not a depiction of himself but (a short cartoon video clip of a flying cat) has developed a series of successful meme NFT auctions recently. Nyan Cat sold for 300 Eth, around $516,000 at the time of the auction. The “Overly Attached Girlfriend” NFT made almost $460,000, while “Bad Luck Brian” did not get the luck to bring in more than $45,500.
All these suggest that the amusing moments captured in photos and adapted to the market as memes also get a large share of the NFT market.
Top 14 NFT memes sold ever
1. Side Eyeing Chloe
Side Eyeing Chloe is one of the most popular memes on the internet. In the video where the meme came from, Katie Clem surprises her two daughters with plans to take them to Disneyland. While the other sister Lily Clem bursts into tears, the younger sister Chloe gives the mother a disinterested look hence how the “side-eyeing Chloe” came to be.
The meme was turned into an NFT and sold for 25ETH (worth about $73,271) in September 2021.
2. Keyboard Cat
Keyboard cat is a video-based meme of a car named Fatso playing the keyboard. The video, which Charlie Schmidt filmed, didn’t become an internet sensation until Charlie uploaded it to YouTube in 2007. The meme immediately went viral and has inspired several commercials and uses by many celebrities.
The meme was sold via foundation on March 13, 2021, for 33.5501ETH ($64,455 at that time).
Created by Carlos Ramirez, Trollface was one of the earliest memes to hit the internet. Carlos drew the image on Microsoft paint on September 19, 2021. At that time, social media platforms were nonexistent, but the meme gained notoriety on forums such as 4chan.
The image is widely used on social media platforms such as Twitter to fuel conversations and arguments. Carlos maintained his IP over the image and cashed in on it after he sold it for 42ETH ($69,362 at that time) on March 5, 2021.
In 2010, Atsuko Sato, a kindergarten teacher, posted a few pictures of Kabosu, the Shiba Inu dog. Shortly after, one particular picture of Kabosu spread like wildfire all over the Internet and gave birth to the “Doge” meme, while the name is known to be inspired by the multi-billion-dollar Dogecoin and Shiba Inu cryptocurrencies.
As Doge got incredible popularity on the Internet, its value steadily increased throughout the years. Finally, this famous meme was sold for almost 1,696 ETH, $4 million, in 2021, which made it the highest-selling NFT meme of all time. It was sold at an online auction hosted by Zora NFT marketplace.
5. Charlie Bit My Finger
Seen by over 886 million people, Charlie Bit My Finger is the most-viewed viral video of all time on YouTube. This clip shows toddler Charlie Davies-Carr, biting his brother Harry’s finger and laughing. It was first on the Internet in 2007.
Almost 15 years later, an NFT of the video sold for $760,999 in an online auction, and the original video was removed from YouTube (though copies still exist).
6. Nyan Cat
Chris Torres created Nyan Cat, aka Pop Tart Cat, during a charity drawing event in 2011. Later, he submitted the eclectic drawing as GIF to a comic site. Soon, a YouTuber set it to catchy music and put it on loop. The video immediately became very popular and was viewed by over 248 million people.
About ten years later in 2021, Chris improved the GIF of the meme and sold it as an NFT. The meme sold for 300 ETH, worth $590,000, in February 2021. Chris has also created and sold more NFTs based on the original meme and has made a total of 559 ETH, almost $2.5 million by now.
7. Disaster Girl
Disaster Girl is the famous memes which has been displayed and shared on the internet since its introduction. This meme first got alive in 2005, when 4-year-old Zoe Roth was posing for a picture in front of a burning home while her face was covered with a devilish smile on her face. This image became viral and was turned into a meme as soon as her father posted it on the internet. Many still use the Disaster Girl in various meme depictions today.
This popular meme was auctioned as an NFT on Foundation NFT marketplace in May 2021. It sold for amazing 180 ETH or $500,000 USD at that time and made a hype in the digital market and was the first to motivate numerous meme producers to monetize their work.
8. Overly Attached Girlfriend
Overly Attached Girlfriend (OAG) was originally submitted as a video in a Justin Bieber fan contest, and shows a fictional character, Laina Morris, and an Internet meme originating in a YouTube video published on June 6, 2012. This famous meme shows a clingy girl wearing a disturbing facial expression challenging Bieber’s fans to create a “Girlfriend” counterpart to his hit song “Boyfriend”.
Later, in April 2021, Laina Morris took the video OAG out of YouTube and sold it as the NFT meme 200 ETH, almost $411,000.
9. Grumpy Cat NFT meme
Tardar Sauce, nicknamed Grumpy Cat, was an American celebrity cat with a grumpy face. The cat became wildly popular after her owner posted an image of her unimpressed expression on social news website Reddit in September 2012. Grumpy Cat grew into a beloved cultural icon with 8.3 million likes on facebook and 283,000 views on YouTube.
The iconic NFT meme sold for 44.20 ETH, just over $100,000 in March 2021 on Foundation market place.
10. Woman Yelling at a Cat
The meme shows a screencap of Taylor Armstrong from “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and Smudge the Cat sitting behind a dinner plate. In the summer of 2019, the meme got a lot of attention on the web, and in 2020, it was named Meme of the Year. It has a lot of different versions and fans, such as Snoop Dog, John Cena, and Stefon Diggs.
Charity fund on the blockchain Unchain started its NFT auction with the “Woman Yelling at a Cat” meme on 18 Nov. 2022.
11. Scumbag Steve NFT Memes
Scumbag Steve, actually called Blake Boston, is known on the net with an original photo taken by his mother back in 2011, when he was 16. It was uploaded to MySpace and soon transformed into a meme.
Boston minted and sold the image as an NFT in march 2021 for 30.2008 ETH, worth $57,000at the time.
12. Bad Luck Brain
This famous meme was first uploaded in 2012. Kyle Craven’s photo went viral when his friend uploaded the photo on Reddit. Soon later, it was used as a meme, which was associated with ill luck and catastrophe looming content and had spawned 100,000 variations, captioned with a variety of embarrassing or unlucky events. Bad Luck Brain was later offered as an NFT meme on Foundation. The NFT of his meme generated 20.00 ETH ($36,000) in March 2021.
13. Leave Britney Alone
One of the first viral videos to receive mainstream attention on YouTube was Leave Britney Alone. Chris Crocker first posted the video on MySpace in September 2007. At the time, Britney Spears appeared to be in the midst of a mental health crisis, and the video showed Crocker asking media to leave Spears alone.
The video received over 2 million views in less than 24 hours, and set a record. The meme turned to an NFT later and sold for 18.7 ETH ($42,980) in April 2021.
14. Success Kid
Success Kid is undoubtedly one of the most popular memes in early 21st century. Photographer Laney Griner took a photo of her 11-month-old son Sammy while her toddler had his fist pumping with an adorable expression of triumph in August 2007. She uploaded the photo to Flickr and it became internet-famous as Success Kid.
In April 2021, she sold the NFT meme for 15 ETH, worth $35,250.