Tim Berners-Lee, the World Wide Web creator, has sold the 30-year-old source code of his creation as a non-fungible token (NFT) at Sotheby’s for $5.34 million.
The NFT is about four things and is titled “This Changes Everything.” The first is a set of time-stamped files that contain the source code for HTML, HTTP, and URIs, Berners-three Lee’s essential languages and protocols from the early 1990s.
Because the web’s source code is open source, the NFT customer only owns the artistic NFT package that Berners-Lee created.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, Berners-Lee stated, “I’m not even selling the source code.” “I’m offering an image of what the source code would look like if it were plastered on the wall and signed by me, created with a Python program I produced myself.”
Sotheby’s opened the auction on June 23 for one week, with a $1,000 minimum bid. The earnings from the sale will go to the World Wide Web Foundation, which Berners-Lee and his wife, Rosemary Leith, sponsor.
In March, Sotheby’s debuted in the NFT market when it auctioned a piece of art by Turkish 3D artist Murat Pak for $17 million through a partnership with the Winklevoss-owned crypto art marketplace Nifty Gateway. Shalom Mackenzie, DraftKings’ largest shareholder, purchased a CryptoPunk NFT for $11.8 million earlier this month at the auction house.