SEMARANG (AFP, THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – An Indonesian school pupil has grow to be an Internet sensation after commerce within the digital rights to his selfies fetched greater than US$1 million (S$1.3 million) on a platform for non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
Mr Sultan Gustaf Al Ghozali, who research pc science at a college within the central metropolis of Semarang, has taken an image of himself sitting in entrance of his pc nearly daily for the final 5 years.
He supposed to make use of the gathering of almost 1,000 selfies to create a timelapse video for his commencement day.
But after studying about blockchain know-how, the 22-year-old determined to add the images to NFT buying and selling platform OpenSea beneath the title “Ghozali Everyday”.
“I was thinking it might be funny if one of the collectors collected my face,” Mr Ghozali informed reporters at his college’s campus on Thursday (Jan 13).
“I never thought anybody would want to buy the selfies, which is why I only priced them at $3,” he stated.
But on Friday, one selfie was obtainable for 0.247 of the cryptocurrency ether (S$1,086) after demand shot up.
NFTs have remodeled digital objects starting from illustrations to memes into digital collectors’ objects that can’t be duplicated.
Mr Ghozali began to add his selfies in late December, but it surely was not till a star chef snapped some up final week and promoted Mr Ghozali on his social media account that gross sales took off.
In the subsequent few days greater than 400 folks purchased possession of his expressionless images.
As of Friday afternoon, Mr Ghozali’s assortment had reached a complete commerce quantity of 317 ether, equal to greater than US$1 million.
“To be honest I still haven’t got the courage to tell my parents, they would be wondering where I got the money from,” Mr Ghozali laughed.
On his Twitter account, the place he has greater than 16,000 followers, the coed usually provides updates on his OpenSea statistics.
“Today (I) sold more than 230+ (selfies) and until now I don’t understand why you want to buy #NFT photos of me !!! but i thank you guys for 5 years of effort paid off,” he tweeted on Tuesday.
my aim of taking photos of myself for five years is only for this video
and sooner or later for this yr hopefully I’ll graduate from school and be capable to take my commencement photograph, it will likely be a cool journeyhttps://t.co/sBdKmtzvXe
— Ghozali_Ghozalu (@Ghozali_Ghozalu) January 12, 2022
Mr Ghozali, who desires of opening his personal animation studio someday, stated he plans to take a position the cash and can proceed to take every day selfies till he finishes school.
In a message to his prospects, Mr Ghozali stated consumers are free to do something they need along with his selfies, besides to abuse them in disrespectful methods.
“You can do anything (with my selfies) like flipping or whatever but please don’t abuse my photos or my parents will very disappointed me. I believe in you guys so please take care of my photos,” he stated.
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