The source code for the World Wide Web sold for $5.4 million
in the form of a non-fungible token
Location: London, England
(SOUNDBITE) (English) CHAIRMAN OF SOTHEBY'S EUROPE, OLIVER BARKER, SAYING:
"The bidding started with a kind of huge rush of bids, we had multiple bids as we went to live and even after the first two hours the bidding was at $220,000, I think really proving that the demand for this kind of very unique digital document is incredibly strong and if you think about it, this was the moment of the creation of the World Wide Web, this paradigm shift, the whole universe was frankly changed by this and we can't imagine a world without the Internet. But of course now is the opportunity to buy and own it, being co-signed by the source of the source of the World Wide Web so it's this incredibly impactful collectable."
The source code was created by English scientist Tim Berners-Lee
when he invented the World Wide Web in 1989
"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." - Tim Berners-Lee