• ‘Friendship with Mudasir is Over’ Memo Sold for 20 ETH as NFT

  • In September 2015, Muhammad Asif Raza, a Pakistani government worker, posted a shocking message on Facebook.” Friendship ended because of Mudasir. Now Salman is my best friend.” The message quickly went viral and became one of the most recognizable memes on the Internet.

    Nearly six years later, Raza managed to make a huge profit from his sloppy meme by auctioning it as an unforgeable token on the NFT Marketplace Foundation.

    This evening, NFT was sold for 20 ETH ($52,174) to Andrew Kang, co-founder of cryptocurrency investment firm Mechanism Capital.

    Kang told us that he bought NFT because memes like this “represent an important pocket of internet culture and history.”

    “The Mudasir meme is probably recognizable to at least tens of millions of people, and just legitimately hilarious to me, having repurposed it myself in the past,” he said. Ginger also owns three other memes. harambe, Dust Storm Dog, and Suh Dude.

    Matt Condon, another bidder who has used the meme on Twitter, told us, “Like all good memes, it captures a feeling, a pattern of human thought, and gives that pattern a recognizable form.”

    “This meme accurately captures that feeling of ‘Wow, I used to really like A, and now because of a change of heart, I’ve given up A and gone all the way to B’.”

    To raise the price of the auction, Raza didn’t shy away from having bidders compete against each other, announcing his change in BFF status whenever someone made the highest bid.

    Raza created the meme to throw shade at his former friend. He said in 2016, “Before [the meme], Mudasir was my friend for over five years, but he became very selfish, arrogant and proud. He didn’t give me the time of day.”

    As NFT’s memo

    This year, Raza joins a long list of meme creators who have sold their tokens as NFTs.

    Other iconic internet memes sold as NFTs include Nyan Cat NFT, which fetched $580,000 in February, Keyboard Cat, which sold for $69,000 in March, and Scumbag Steve, which sold for $62,000 in March.

    Here are the classic Internet memes that found new life as NFT

    The Mudasir auction coincided with a boom in trading of the most valuable NFT project, the computer-generated avatar set CryptoPunks. Some analysts say the surge in activity rippled through the NFT market, which has receded after peaking in the spring.

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