Woman from iconic ‘Disaster Girl’ meme sells original for £340k through crypto

The woman behind the 'Disaster Girl' meme has sold the original photo for more than $473,000 (£340,000).

The 21-year-old has been internet famous for 15 years after being snapped by her dad standing in front of a burning building.

Zoe Roth's mischievous face as a child led to the snap being turned into a meme used and seen millions of times on the internet.

Now a university student, Zoe decided to sell the picture as a Non-Fungible Token, which have become popular in digital art during the Covid pandemic.

The token version of assets can be traded on a blockchain, such as bitcoin, dogecoin or ethereum.

Ms Roth chose to turn the meme photo, which was taken by her amateur photographer Dave, into an NFT.

She was told in February that it was worth a significant figure in the market.

The iconic photo, taken back in January 2005, came from Zoe and her family living two blocks away from a fire station in North Carolina.

Fire crews were performing a controlled burn to clear a nearby property when her father decided to test out his new equipment, writes the Independent.

The snap later won FPG magazine's 'Emotion Capture' contest before appearing on forums online.

Ms Roth listed the NFT on an auction site for 24 hours one day earlier in April and sold it for 180 ether, coins part of the cryptocurrency ethereum.

They're worth almost £2000 on Thursday morning (£1,974.45 per coin).

The NFT was coded so that Ms Roth and her dad will receive 10% of the sale any time it is bought in the future.

Ms Roth says she will share the money with her family and donate a portion to non-profit organisations.

She told The Raleigh News and Observer: "Nobody who is a meme tried to do that, it just ended up that way. Is it luck? Is it fate? I have no idea. But I will take it."

It comes as the mysterious creator of Bitcoin became one of the world's richest with a reported £44billion stash.

The identity of the creator is still unknown, despite several mathematical geniuses claiming they were behind the crypto coin.

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Fans fear the creator may even have died as the stash has never been cashed in.

Forbes claim if they were to come forward they would be the 19th richest person in the world after owning 5% of the currency that will ever be created or one million Bitcoin.

However, the Bitcoin wallet has not been used in a decade.

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