PleasrHouse: During the NFT boom of 2021, a collective of DeFi leaders, NFT collectors, and digital artists created a platform called PleasrDAO.
Since then, the collective has evolved.
Today, it is an art collecting empire, creating, curating, and elevating the most iconic and diverse collection of artworks.
PleasrHouse will host a 24-hour NFT auction for their latest episode to allow prospective buyers to win the couch from the original doge meme.
A new trend
Last month, a collection of 10,000 pixelated feet became the biggest seller on OpenSea, briefly outracing Bored Ape Yacht Club and other NFT staples.
The PleasrHouse auction follows the same route in auctioning off the mundane.
They will stream the auction for the February 8 episode and feature guests, including the original photographer Atsuko Sato.
Meanwhile, the iconic Shiba Inu Kabosu will also join.
The episode features an Open Edition NFT drop, something the group describes as a way to honor Kabosu and support charity.
Tridog, a PleasrDAO and Own the Doge community lead, released a statement, saying the couch auction came after Kabosu got sick last month.
The group and many others banded to help Atsuko and Kabosu pay the medical bills.
PleasrDAO announced that the auction would feature the original couch used in the 2010 Kabosu photo.
The winner will immediately receive an NFT and the right to claim the couch from Sato.
Chris Eberle, the head of marketing for PleasrDAO, said that people who aren’t ready to bid to own the couch can still own a piece via Own the Doge’s fractionalized photo.
PleasrDAO was created in 2021 in an attempt to buy an NFT from digital artist Emily “pplpleasr” Yang, who also inspired the name.
In January, they launched PleasrHouse to align with the minting of whistleblower Edward Snowden and political activist Daniel Ellsberg’s Ethereum NFT.
The project “Wouldn’t You Go to Prison to Help End This War?” honored the release of Ellsberg’s 1971 Pentagon Papers.
It was auctioned during a PleasrHouse live stream.
“This whole format – an NFT auction during a live streaming talk show with folks chatting with thor ENS as their chat handles – is an experiment,” said Eberle.
“We’re learning as we go.”
Proceeds then went to the Freedom of the Press Foundation and the Daniel Ellsberg Initiative for Peace and Democracy.
“Episode 01 of PleasrHouse was a success,” said Eberle.
“Feeback on the product, the content, and the caliber of our guests was overwhelmingly positive, and we know crypto Twitter will tell you when they don’t like something.”
The Doge couch
PleasrDAO acquired the original picture and later fractionalized it.
Since then, a relationship between Atsuko Sato and Own the Doge has taken place, raising money for her favorite charities that aid animals and children.
According to the group, the couch auction will carry on their mission.
“When we fractionalized the NFT, we started the Own the Doge (OTD) community, who has developed a very strong relationship with Atsuko,” said Eberle.
“The Do Only Good Everyday ethos from dogecoiners really resonates with Atusko, and the OTD community has donated $2m+ to charities.”
“$1m of those donations went to Save the Children, and is their largest crypto donation to date.”
In 2013, Jackson Palmer created Dogecoin as a joke, accidentally creating the first “meme coin.”
It was a take on the “doge” Shiba Inu meme.
The doge meme was based on a photo by Atsuko Sato, a Japanese kindergarten teacher.
Although it was a successful project, Palmer left Dogecoin in 2015.
Since then, he has become one of the most vocal critics of cryptocurrency.
From starting as a meme coin, Dogecoin today is one of the most prominent players in the crypto space.
It gained further momentum in 2020 when Tesla owner Elon Musk started championing it.
Today, Dogecoin is a consistent coin in the top ten cryptocurrencies on the market.
It is also the second-largest proof-of-work blockchain, trailing behind Bitcoin.