A TIKTOK star may be the first person to have sold “virtual love” as an NFT – for $250,000 (£185,000).
The staggering sum was reportedly paid out to Polish influencer Marta Rentel in exchange for her “emotions”.
But rather than receive a guarantee of physical intimacy, the mystery buyer now owns an NFT, or non-fungible token.
They’re virtual items swapped like Bitcoin.
But unlike Bitcoin, each NFT is totally unique – so if you buy one, you’re the only person with it in the world.
The tech has led to wild virtual sales, including an auction for a digital house for $500,000.
Now TikToker Marta, who goes by the name Marti Renti, says she’s already cashed the sale from the unknown bidder.
“Yesterday I sold my first NFT for an incredible amount,” Marta, 21, said on Instagram.
Marta, who has 2.4million TikTok followers, went on: “I won’t tell you how much, because I don’t believe it myself.
“I don’t know who bought them yet. Brent, if it’s you, thank you.”
Later on, Marta revealed that the NFT had been bought for $250,000.
The deal includes “full rights to [the] digital love” of Marta.
And Marta has promised to go for a one-on-one dinner with the mystery buyer.
The 21-year-old is also due to appear on Poland’s version of ‘Fame or Shame’.
What is an NFT?
What is an NFT?
Here’s a simple guide…
- NFTs are a hot new tradable item taking the internet by storm
- The letters NFT stand for “non-fungible token”
- If something is “fungible”, it can be traded for an identical counterpart
- For instance, Bitcoin is technically fungible – you can swap one for another, and have the same thing
- Physical cash is also fungible – you could trade one £10 note for another
- An NFT is a totally unique digital token with no copies
- Like Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, NFTs work using a blockchain
- A blockchain is a public ledger of transactions recorded across the internet – and is totally unalterable
- The NFTs on the blockchain can be traded like Bitcoin, but they’re unique by design
- This gives them a special value, because each NFT is individual and unique
- You can turn almost any kind of data into an NFT
- People are selling digital artworks, songs and even tweets in NFT form
- More elaborate NFT sales include virtual trainers/sneakers and even a virtual house
- Importantly, NFTs are not physical – so if you buy an NFT object, you’re just owning a part of the blockchain and NOT a physical item
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