Elon Musk’s New Profile Picture Sent Prices Soaring

(PresidentialHill.com)- For a brief time last week, Elon Musk changed his Twitter profile picture to feature a collage of Board Ape Yacht Club NFTs.

After changing his profile picture on Wednesday, Musk tweeted, “I dunno….seems kinda fungible,” mocking the primary hallmark of the non-fungible token (NFT) concept, namely, that they are unique and can’t be replicated.

It is a common critique that anyone can simply save or screenshot an NFT online without purchasing it.

The collage Musk used appears to be from Sotheby’s “Ape-In!” NFT auction from September 2021. It shows one main Bored Ape surrounded by several smaller Bored Apes.

Sotheby’s vice president and co-head of digital art, Michael Bouhanna, who created the image, was not amused. He tagged Musk in a tweet and asked him to either remove the profile picture or give credit to Bouhanna as the image’s creator.

Twitter users, all of whom are badly in need of a hobby, began debating why Musk used that Bored Apes image as his profile picture. Some believed he was trolling NFTs. Others wondered if he was showing his support for the Bored Ape NFT collection. And others were just confused.

Given Musk’s previous mockery of non-fungible tokens, it is likely this brief change in his profile picture was just another troll.

But since Elon Musk first announced his offer to purchase Twitter, Twitter users have been treating every Musk tweet as some cryptic message that must be studied and dissected like a passage from the Dead Sea Scrolls, no doubt to the delight of the Tesla CEO.

His May 4 “seems kinda fungible” tweet garnered over 35K replies, nearly 37K retweets, and over 475K “likes.”