By Sam Sheade
June 30, 2021
LONDON – A non-fungible token of the original code for the World Wide Web has sold for $5.4 million in a Sotheby’s online auction.
The auction finished at 7 p.m. London time on Wednesday. NFTs are a type of digital asset designed to show that someone has ownership of a unique virtual item, such as online pictures and videos, or even sports trading cards.
The web NFT has been made by British computer scientist and web inventor Tim Berners-Lee.
It includes original time-stamped files containing the source code written by Berners-Lee, an animated visualization of the code, a letter written by Berners-Lee on the code and its creation, and a digital “poster” of the full code. They will all be digitally signed by Berners-Lee.