A group of Cryptobros spent $3 million buying a copy of a book about Alejandro Jodorowsky’s attempt to make Dune, believing that it gave them the rights.
The group going by the name Spice DAO tweeted that they had bought an original copy of thebook where the avant-garde Chilean filmmaker compiled his notes, concepts and artwork as he attempted and ultimately failed to make the sci-fi epic in the 1970s.
The book was made famous by a documentary released in 2013 called Jodorowsky’s Dune, which documented the arduous efforts to get the film made which was eventually binned after it was deemed to be far too long expensive.
There are believed to be around ten copies of the book available, as multiple copies had to be made to pass around to producers and executives.
Previous copies have sold for around €25,000, but last year Spice DAO acquired a copy at an auction for €2.66 million ($3 million). A recent tweet has revealed why they spent so much money on the book and what they intended to do with it.
Another clued in person wrote: “This book has been available online in complete form for free for years.”
@TheSpiceDAO This book has been available online in complete form for free for years
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Someone else simply mocked them for being typical Cryptobros with a meme.
— and enough champagne… to fill the nile!! (@and enough champagne… to fill the nile!!)
Seems like they just wasted an awful lot of money when they probably should have just watched two of the already existing movies, the two mini-series, documentary and the many, many novels that have already been published about Dune.