Tim Berners-Lee’s source code for the World Wide Web is the latest non-fungible token (NFT) to go on sale.
Sotheby’s in New York is selling the program that paved the way for the internet as we know it today more than 30 years after its inception.
The sale began on June 23 and ends Wednesday. The auction reached $ 2.8 million on Friday.
The bundle includes an animated version of Berners-Lee’s nearly 10,000 lines of code and a letter from the British-born computer scientist himself.
“Ten years ago we couldn’t have done this,” said Cassandra Hatton, vice president of Sotheby’s, referring to the recent NFT boom.
Hatton said this work is unique because of its importance to the creation of the World Wide Web.
“It has changed every aspect of your life,” Hatton said. “We don’t even fully understand the impact this has on our lives and the impact that we will continue to have on our lives.”
An NFT is a digital object such as a drawing, animation, piece of music, photo, or video with a certificate of authenticity created by the blockchain technology that underlies cryptocurrency. It cannot be tampered with or otherwise manipulated.
NFTs currently generate several hundred million dollars in transactions each month.
NFT exchanges are made in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin on specialized sites, but traditional auction houses seek to capitalize on the phenomenon.
The most expensive NFT of all time was sold by Christie’s in March for $ 69.3 million.
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