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Tim Berners-Lee WWW NFT auction price now over $1 million

Creator of the world wide web is auctioning an NFT at Sotheby’s.

A depiction of source code for the world wide web
An animated visualization of the world wide web source code being written is part of an NFT for sale at Sotheby’s. Partial screen capture from Sothebys.com.

You can create an NFT (non-fungible token) for just about anything, and world wide web creator Tim Berners-Lee is getting in on the action.

Berners-Lee is selling an NFT through Sotheby’s called Source Code for the WWW. Bidding has reached $1.1 million with 7 days remaining.

The lot description on Sotheby’s reads:

1. Original archive of dated and time-stamped files containing the source code, written between 3 October 1990 and 24 August 1991. These files contain code with approximately 9,555 lines, the contents of which include implementations of the three languages and protocols invented by Sir Tim; HTML (Hypertext Markup Language); HTTP (Hyper Transfer Protocol); and URIs (Uniform Resource Identifiers), as well as the original HTML documents that instructed early web users on how to use the application

2. Animated visualization of the code being written (Video, black & white, silent), lasting 30 minutes 25 seconds

3. A Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) representation of the full code (A0 841mm wide by 1189 mm high), created by Sir Tim from the original files using Python, with a graphic representation of his physical signature at lower right

4. A letter written in the README.md file (in “markdown” format) by Sir Tim in June of 2021, reflecting upon the code and his process of creating it

To be clear, the auction is for a copy of these items minted as an NFT.

73 bids have been placed so far. The buyer can settle in U.S. dollars or cryptocurrency.

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