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Nifty News: Jack Dorsey sells genesis tweet for $2.9M, NFTs save wild pandas and more

Jack Dorsey raised $2.9 million for charity selling a tweet, NFTs are saving wild pandas, and John Cleese has sarcastically cashed in on the tokenization craze.
Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter sold a tokenized representation of his first-ever tweet for more than $2.9 million on Monday. The tweet was published on March 21, 2006, and reads: just setting up my twttr— jack (@jack) March 21, 2006
A two-week bidding war between Bridge Oracle CEO Sina Estavi and tech entrepreneur Justin Sun saw the price move from $500,000 to the final sale of more than $2.9 million, with Sina Estavi winning out with a bid of 1,630 Ether (ETH). On March 10, Dorsey stated that would immediately convert the proceeds from the sale into Bitcoin (BTC), and donate it all to GiveDirectly, an organization helping those living in poverty in Africa. After the sale concluded the CEO tweeted the transaction.Sent to @GiveDirectly Africa fund Thank you, @sinaEstavi. pic.twitter.com/aEZu07auLV— jack (@jack) March 22, 2021
The auction was held on NFT marketplace “Valuables” and closed on March 22. The NFT platform allows users to buy and sell tokenized Twitter posts and is operated by blockchain-based social media company Cent.The platform has seen many big names enter the marketplace to sell tweets, such as the NBA, entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuck, the NFL’s Green Bay Packers, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. John Cleese’s “sell you a bridge” joke NFT is going for more than $33,000Popular British comedian and actor, John Cleese, appears to have joined the NFT gold rush in …
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