A YouTuber won internet gold after a small donation in 2013 made her “accidentally bitcoin rich”.
Ali Spagnola announced that after receiving a donation of $ 50 for BitcoinAs a popular online monetary system, it finally checked eight years later to find that it had gained considerable wealth.
The social media The star and musician, who has over 325,000 subscribers on her channel, explained in a video how the situation unraveled and told viewers: “I just found out that I am rich in Bitcoin – this is my attempt at it for joy to use.”
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Spagnola received the first donation of US $ 50 from an individual in 2013 for her project “Free Paintings”, in which the artist creates living works for people at no cost.
“There was this gentleman who convinced me that Bitcoin was cool and donated $ 50 of it,” she says in the video.
The YouTuber has created over 2,700 pieces of art for fans as part of her altruistic art project by painting 12 x 12 inch acrylic portraits of a user requested item and sending it to them for free.
Spagnola said the Bitcoin donor asked for a picture of the famous coin symbol: “I traded a painting with Bitcoin for … Bitcoin.”
An email the donor sent to Spagnola states, “I want to pay you $ 50 (in bitcoins) for your interpretation of a bitcoin – a new virtual currency that allows the sending / receiving of money through the Makes internet very easy. “
Spagnola explains in her video that the exchange rate at the time of the donation was well over $ 11,000.
When she checked the exchange rate again just a few months later, Spagnola learned that the value of money had more than tripled to $ 39,000.
To further lift the mood through her painting project, she used some of the funds to buy more art supplies.
Spagnola explains in her video that the exchange rate at the time of the donation was well over $ 11,000. (Instagram)
The YouTuber created an even larger painting of a Bitcoin as a thank you to the donor for his gift in 2013 and gave it to him personally when the two met for coffee in Las Vegas.
Spagnola says the man told her that the original picture she made for him was “one of his most valuable possessions”.
With her newly acquired fortune in cyber currencies, the YouTube star decided to “pay forward” and gave away $ 50 worth of Bitcoin to 10 people who commented on her latest YouTube video.
“The original point of my Free Paintings project is that I want art to be for everyone, not just the elite. That’s why I started giving it away and then people started donating for it,” Spagnola said .
The current waiting list for the Free Paintings project is said to contain over 1,300 names. (Youtube)
“The Bitcoin [payment] Part adds another layer. Was it a painting worth $ 50 or thousands? Am I just giving him something worthless? Maybe Youtuber’s works will be in museums in the future? “
Spagnola’s cryptocurrency charity drive has a number of other popular YouTubers debating the new age asset online.
Pewdiepie informed its 107 million channel subscribers that it was engaged in cryptocurrencies, while its video streaming star Andrei Jikh posted a video for its 978,000 subscribers in November, stating that it had invested over $ 100,000 in crypto assets.
Spagnola said she hoped to keep taking more pictures for fans.
The current waiting list for the Free Paintings project is said to contain over 1,300 names.
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