(NEXSTAR) – It’s an iconic smirk – 4-year-old Zoe Roth grew to become the face of the “Catastrophe Woman” meme after a picture of her in entrance of a burning constructing went viral in 2005.
Now 21, Roth has cashed in on her web stardom because of a current public sale of the picture as a non-fungible token (NFT), based on The Raleigh Information & Observer.
Roth, a scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill, was working April 17 at Italian restaurant Il Palio and checking the progress of the public sale on her telephone because the bids – made within the cryptocurrency Ether – neared $25,000 value with simply minutes to go, based on the paper.
The public sale was arrange in order that the time prolonged every time potential consumers made a bid throughout the final quarter-hour.
Her father, Dave Roth, took the photograph throughout a coaching train at a firehouse close to their household house in Mebane and uploaded the picture to Flickr.
The hanging photograph suggests a sinister story – Roth’s smile and her placement within the body scream pre-school pyromaniac, and the picture has since impressed numerous dark-humored photoshop jobs.
Roth’s father was additionally intently checking the development of the public sale.
“I’m on the market most likely shouting expletives into the air,” Dave informed The Information & Observer. “Each time it will bump up, I simply couldn’t consider it.”
The public sale lastly got here to a detailed at 4:10 p.m. on April 17 when @3fmusic purchased “Catastrophe Woman” bought for 180 Ether, or $486,716.40.
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