‘Disaster Girl’ selling original photo behind viral meme for $473K

She’s cashing in on her 15 minutes of flame.

The woman in the iconic “Disaster Girl” meme is capitalizing on her internet fame 16 years later — by selling the original photo for a mind-boggling $473,000.

“Disaster Girl” is now a non-fungible token (NFT), a unique digital signature, which allowed it to be sold like a piece of art.

“I’m a part of history,” said Zoe Roth, now 21, who first ignited the World Wide Web at 4 years old after she was photographed smirking devilishly outside a burning building.

Wait, still confused about what a meme is after all these years — let alone a new-fangled NFT?

“A meme is a picture or video with crazy captions that people share widely because they think it’s funny and they can relate to it,” Roth explained to The Post.

In Roth’s case, her viral visage became the face of deviant youths everywhere.

“In 2005, my dad took a picture of me standing in front of a house fire,” she told The Post. “I was standing there looking evil, as if I started the fire — but oh my gosh, no, I didn’t.”

Fast-forward 16 years: The modern day Mona Lisa sold for a whopping 180 Ethereum — the equivalent of $473,000 — to a collector simply known as @3FMusic, reported Daily Mail. Although it’s speculated that the buyer is in fact Farzin Fardin Fard, CEO of a Dubai-based music production company, according to Gizmodo.

The owner has since anonymously released a statement to Gizmodo: “Our management team is always in cooperation with some highly knowledgeable and experienced art advisers who believe that we must grow with technological movements that help us to not only promote our business but also to support artists and the art market.”

Zoe Roth has capitalized on her early internet fame.
Zoe Roth has capitalized on her early internet fame.
Courtesy of Zoe Roth

This marks a major breakthrough for the photo, which was snapped when Roth and her family lived near a fire house in Mebane, North Carolina.

The fam was scoping out a controlled burn — a fire that’s set intentionally for the purpose of land management — when Dave snapped a photo of his daughter fiendishly grinning in front of the inferno.

The photo won Dave JPG magazine’s “Emotion Capture” contest in 2008, whereupon it set the net ablaze.

Roth, now a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, told The Post, “The best part was being flown to LA to be a part of National Geographic’s series on the history of the internet.”

Determined to capitalize on their internet fame, they turned “Disaster Girl” into an NFT, which is coded in such a way that Roth and her dad can reap 10% of profits whenever it is sold in the future.

The dynamic duo apparently plan to divide the earnings while the former child star is reportedly “researching nonprofits” she can donate.

Zoe Roth attends Internet Live By BuzzFeed at Webster Hall on July 25, 2019 in New York City.
Zoe Roth attends Internet Live By BuzzFeed at Webster Hall on July 25, 2019 in New York City.
Getty Images for BuzzFeed

In doing so, the team actually has ownership of their online opus unlike so many other viral mememakers.

“Being able to sell it just shows us that we do have some sort of control, some sort of agency in the whole process,” gushed a grateful Roth.

With this latest NFT sale, the “Disaster Girl” joins other digital age Da Vincis, including the immortal Overly Attached Girlfriend ($529,798), the 2011 pop tart-kitten meme Nyan Cat ($590,000), Grumpy Cat (100,894.54) and even an NFT of Chris Crocker’s infamous “Leave Britney Alone” rant from 2007 ($43,000).

Credit: NYPOST

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