Internet source code NFT sold for over five million

Category: Blockchain NTFs
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Ravindu Dabarera

Tim Berners-Lee sold the source code he wrote for the world wide web as digital art piece for $5.4 million

Source codeThe 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:

Tim Berners-Lee-1As 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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