Bids for a non-fungible original source code token for the World Wide Web written by inventor Tim Berners-Lee soared to $ 2.8 million from an opening price of $ 1,000 with two days to go. auction from Sotheby’s.
Berners-Lee, a London-born computer scientist, invented the World Wide Web in 1989, revolutionizing the sharing and creation of information in what is considered one of the most important inventions since the advent of the printing press. in Europe in the 15th century in Germany.
The digitally signed Ethereum blockchain non-fungible token (NFT), a digital asset that records ownership, includes the original source code, an animated visualization, a letter written by Berners-Lee, and a digital poster of the full code of the original files.
The auction ends Wednesday at 18:01 GMT.
NFTs have exploded in popularity in recent months.
The most expensive NFT sale known to date took place in March 2021, when a digital collage by American artist Mike Winkelmann, also known as Beeple, sold for $ 69.3 million at Christie’s .
This was the very first sale by a major auction house of a work of art that does not exist in physical form.
Since then, no NFT sale is known to come close to this amount. In June, a single NFT “CryptoPunk” – a pixelated image of a cartoon face – grossed $ 11.8 million at Sotheby’s.
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