It's true that the chicken nugget sold for almost $100,000 on eBay, but as of this writing, we don't know the identity of the buyer.
A chicken nugget from a McDonald's BTS-themed meal sold on the online auction site eBay for just a few dollars shy of $100,000, and although the concept seemed too outlandish to be true, we can confirm.
The chicken nugget sold at the stratospheric price after an intense bidding war that started on May 28, 2021, when it was placed by eBay by a seller that appears to be located in Utah. It ended June 4, is viewable on the eBay platform, showing that the nugget sold for $99,997, just $3 shy of $100,000.
As the technology news site The Verge reported, "two days after it was first listed, somebody placed an (at the time) astonishingly high $14,869.69 first bid on the nugget, and things just escalated from there." You can scroll through the bidding history here.
The Verge also observed that a factor driving up the price may have been that the nugget was from a McDonald's BTS-themed meal, named after the mega-popular K-pop band.
"Among Us" is a multi-player, social deduction video game developed in 2018 by InneSsloth. CNET describes the game like this:
In the game, you play as a crew member aboard a spaceship, airship, sky headquarters or planet base, attempting to keep your ship together and return back to Earth. But one crew member has been replaced by a parasitic shape-shifting alien who wants to eliminate the rest of the crew before the ship reaches home. Problem is, the imposter looks just like everyone else, and will sabotage the ship, sneak through vents, deceive fellow players and try to frame others, all in an attempt to remain undetected and kill off the rest of the crew.
It's true that the chicken nugget in question does in fact look like an "Among Us" crew member. Here is a screenshot of the nugget from eBay:
And here is an image of crew members in the game, taken from Wikipedia:
We don't know yet know the identity of the buyer, however, the Among Us Twitter account posted this tribute to the "winner":
We sent an email to InnerSloth asking if they have any further information about the buyer and seller of the chicken nugget, and will update if we get a response.