Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Monday sold his first-ever tweet as a non-fungible token for $2.9 million, which he donated to charity, the latest big-name NFT sale in the craze shaking up the investing and art worlds.
Dorsey’s first-ever tweet from 2006, which reads “just setting up my twttr,” was sold via an auction on the platform Valuables, which allows users to sell autographed versions of their tweets as an NFT.
Dorsey said he donated $2,915,835.47 from the sale to GiveDirectly, an organization sending cash to poor families in Africa impacted by Covid-19.
The winning offer came from Sina Estavi, the CEO of blockchain company Bridge Oracle, who bid 1630.5825601 in the cryptocurrency Ethereum on March 6, the day after Dorsey first announced the NFT auction.
“This is not just a tweet! I think years later people will realize the true value of this tweet, like the Mona Lisa painting,” Estavi said after his purchase.
NFTs have exploded in popularity over the last few months, with everyone from Elon Musk to Mark Cuban getting in on the crypto frenzy. An NFT can be any type of one-of-a-kind digital asset, such as a piece of art or a video clip, where ownership of that asset is represented on a blockchain. The buyer of an NFT basically gets a crypto-backed digital receipt proving the NFT is authentic and that they own it.
The most expensive NFT ever sold is a piece of digital art by the artist known as Beeple, which sold for $69.3 million earlier this month.