Tim Berners-Lee sold the source code he wrote for the world wide web as digital art piece for $5.4 million
The files of the source code of the world wide web were tokenized via blockchain signature, proving the originality of the digital object with time stamps, and sold for $5,434,500 Dollars in a multi-day auction titled “This Changed Everything” on Sotheby. The event was approved and led by the author of these codes, Tim Berners-Lee, from June 22 to June 30.
Aside of the 9,555 lines of code written from 1990 to 1991, the NFT additionally included a 30 minute animated visualisation of the code, a digital poster of the code and a letter of Berners-Lee, in which he reflects on the impact of the invention. The beginning reads:
As people seemed to appreciate autographed versions of books, now we have NFT technology, I thought it could be fun to make an autographed copy of the original code of the first web browser.
Tokenising developmental milestones of the digital age has become a new trend, as history is taking place in non-material spaces more and more. Recently, Twitter inventor Jack Dorsey tokenised and auctioned his first tweet of the platform for $2.9 million.
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