Tungsten is a metal that is 1.7 times denser than lead. It has somehow become a popular meme among internet nerds and crypto investors to see who owns a tungsten cube and make a point of how too much attention to one thing can make it tangible. And now it looks like one of the biggest tungsten cubes ever to be manufactured was just sold to a group of anonymous crypto investors for roughly $250,000, because why not?
The high-priced tungsten cube measures about 14.54 inches in width and weighs more than 900kg or 2,000lbs. While no one knows why a thing such as tungsten would be priced so high and people would be willing to buy it, it’s still a defining contrast between the immaterial nature of cryptocurrency and NFTs and the density of the tungsten cube. Or perhaps, the internet community is knee-deep in this meme trend and can’t get out of it now so everything done is being done to keep the meme alive.
This recent interest in tungsten cubes led the makers at Midwest Tungsten Service to come up with a way to cash people’s weird interest in a dense material and make a record-breaking tungsten cube to please them and sell it via NFTs, which didn’t turn out so bad for the company.
“We will make the 14.545” cube, it will weight approximately 2,000 pounds. This NFT represents a real-world physical cube that will be stored at Midwest Tungsten Service headquarters and owned by the NFT owner. One visit to see/photograph/touch the cube per calendar year will be allowed and scheduled with a Midwest Tungsten Service representative. Unlockable content required for scheduling and proof of ownership required for entry. The cube will be stored in a room of its own that will be locked and only accessible by the NFT owner.” a blog post by the company said. Talk about VIP protocol for a material.
The buyers are a group calling themselves TungstenDAO, and you can see the OpenSea listing for the cube here. Whe it comes to the all-important question of what exactly does the group intend to do with the cube, your guess is as good as ours.