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World Wide Web’s Source Code Sells For Over $5 Million As An NFT
By Alexa Heah, 01 Jul 2021
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Last month, Sotheby’s teamed up with British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee to auction off the World Wide Web’s original source code as an non-fungible token. The NFT was part of the auction house’s This Changed Everything auction, which ran from June 23 to June 30.
According to the BBC, the original source code’s NFT has sold for £3.9 million (US$5.4 million) to an unidentified buyer. For most of June 30, the highest bid for the NFT stood at US$3.5 million, but invited a flurry of bids within the closing minutes. The opening bid had been set at US$1,000.
Four different items were sold as part of the single NFT, including time-shaped files of the code, an animated video of the code being written, a letter from Berners-Lee, and a digital poster of the code. Sotheby’s described the work as “the only signed copy of the code for the first web browser in existence.”
Proceeds from the sale of the NFT will go towards various charities supported by Professor Berners-Lee and his wife, Rosemary Leith, though they’ve not identified the exact initiatives.
[via BBC, cover image via drserg / Shutterstock.com]
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