In a coming-of-age tale for the 21st century, Disaster Girl – the 4-year-old cherub whose criminal smile in front of a burning building captured the internet-poisoned soul of her ancestors – has become an NFT. Now-Disaster Woman Zoe Roth, 21, sold her image for 180 Ethereum (currently, $ 473,000).
Out of all the bullshit to drop half a million dollars into in the NFT bubble, Disaster Girl is a safe bet. The text on the wall reads precisely:
Zoe Roth, 4, ran towards her neighborhood burning house one fateful morning in January 2005. Her father was a few steps behind with a camera in tow, and quickly took a few pictures of Zoe displaying an evil smile with hell. in fire. One photo stood out and was published in 2008. Discovered by internet connoisseurs, it quickly spread to every corner of the world, becoming one of the most recognizable images of the 21st century.
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Disaster Girl, which was claimed on April 17, now features prominently in a tony collection that includes eternal works like Girlfriend too clingy ($ 529,798); a column by a reporter for the New York Times Kevin roose ($ 927,146); a gif by the artist net founder Rafael Rozendaal (approximately $ 371,000); and work of art for pioneer Jangale Asfalt taboo persian hip-hop album ($ 503,300). Since its purchase, the coin has appreciated by $ 71,280 due to fluctuations in Ethereum.
The collection is owned by a mysterious and prolific collector @ 3FMusic, whose handle is linked to the Instagram account of Farzin Fardin Fard, CEO of a Dubai-based music production company. Like Roose noted, we don’t know if @ 3FMusic is Fard, a commercial entity, or a group of people. Gizmodo reached out, but the collector only agreed to give Roose the following statement on condition of anonymity:
Our management team is always in cooperation with highly knowledgeable and experienced artistic advisers who believe that we must grow with technological movements that not only help us promote our business, but also support artists and the art market. So, we proudly decided to devote enough funds and resources to invest in NFT as pioneers in this industry.
As for Disaster Girl, the Raleigh News & Observer reported that an unknown person approached Roth and his father (the photographer) via email in February and encouraged them to sell the image as NFT. The two apparently plan to share the profits, and Zoe is reportedly “researching nonprofits.” (Tip on Millennial Aging: KEEP IT, YOU DESERVE IT.) She’s pursuing a bachelor’s degree in peace, war, and defense, and she seems alright.
The Raleigh News & Observer reports that the fire depicted was a controlled fire intended to clear the earth—therefore probably, no one died while creating this image and we can continue to freely enjoy it in a slightly modified form because it’s a meme, and no one will stop us.
We mined the child for laffs, and now we mined him for crypto, and yet for a lifetime Disaster Girl has given us joy for free. In what world we let grow.