Saturday 29 May 2021

BBC: Harambe: Gorilla photo to be sold as an NFT five years after he was shot dead


image captionThe photo of Harambe being sold off was taken on his first day on exhibit at Cincinnati Zoo

A photo of the gorilla Harambe is being auctioned off as a non-fungible token (NFT) to mark five years since he was killed.

The western lowland gorilla was shot dead at Cincinnati Zoo after a three-year-old boy fell into his enclosure.

After Harambe's death, #RIPHarambe and #JusticeForHarambe began trending and protests and vigils were held around the world.

An NFT is like a certificate to say that you own something digital. 

It means original versions of viral videos, memes or tweets can be sold as art.

A comparison with the art world would be owning an original Picasso painting versus owning a print - the Harambe NFT in this case is the original artwork.

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