Early Bitcoin investor Greg Schoen has announced that his legendary tweet, in which he expressed his regret about taking profits too early, is now available for auction on leading NFT marketplace OpenSea.
Selling 3 of 4 NFT from my old 2011 tweet on OpenSea. Sale ends February 10, 2022.— gregschoen.eth (@GregSchoen) February 4, 2022
Please, please don't make the Comic Sans one the most valuable version.https://t.co/gQgjtOP3Y7 pic.twitter.com/BG2DjvTaq8
He says that “a ton of people” have suggested such an idea even though the fact that someone wants to buy his tweet from 2011 caught Schoen by surprise.
As reported by U.Today, former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Cardano creator Charles Hoskinson were among those who auctioned their famous tweets as NFTs last year.
Teaching the importance of HODLing
Back in May 2011, when Bitcoin reached $8, Schoen tweeted about selling 1,700 BTC that he purchased for $102 at $0.30, thus missing out on significant gains.
I wish I had kept my 1,700 BTC @ $0.06 instead of selling them at $0.30, now that they're $8.00! #bitcoin— gregschoen.eth (@GregSchoen) May 16, 2011
His stash would have been worth a whopping $68 million as of today.
Throughout all these years, Schoen’s story has been serving as a cautionary tale for those Bitcoiners who question the power of HODLing.
The early investor didn’t abandon the cryptocurrency community out of spite, remaining relatively active on Twitter.
Back in December 2017, the month Bitcoin hit $20,000 for the first time, Schoen tweeted that he was “long over it.” Back then, he said that he still owned some crypto, but his balances were “much lower.” In September 2018, Schoen tweeted that he had sold his remaining Bitcoin at $15,000 to pay off student loans.
Schoen harbors no illusions, claiming that he would have been tempted to sell at every major price milestone if he hadn’t sold at $0.30:
Unless you literally knew for a fact it was gonna rise like a rocket you'd be tempted at every milestone.