Benyamin Ahmed, 12, is not yet a teenager, but he has made the equivalent of £290,000 during his school holidays by selling digital artworks of whales online, reports The Mirror.
The North London boy pulled this off by selling his art as a selection of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) after creating thousands of unique pixelated whales.
NFTs are currently taking the cryptocurrency world by a storm, especially when it comes to art and gaming.
They are digital tokens that represent files including jpegs and video clips, as well as other forms of art, which are then bought and sold online through a cryptocurrency network and are meant to act as a certificate that dictates digital ownership, with details of who owns what being stored on a blockchain digital ledger.
This might sound confusing, yet Benyamin has been coding since his father Imran taught him at the age of five, following which he became interested in NFTs earlier this year when he decided to create his own collection.
Weird Whales sold out in just nine hours after going up for sale online in July.
It featured 3,350 pixelated whales, each with distinct traits, and is actually Benyamin’s second NFT collection.
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His first, which he launched earlier this summer, consists of 40 colourful, pixelated avatars called Minecraft Yee Haa.
Benyamin’s sales have now topped more than £291,000 and he is tipped to become the youngest person to make one million US dollars in cryptocurrency.
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