Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web, will auction 9555 lines of source code from which the Internet was created at Sotheby’s. The code is displayed as an NFT product with confirmation of its authenticity and ownership, as well as the possibility of resale in the same form in which it was purchased.
In addition to the internet source file, the buyer will receive files for this year’s viewing, a half-hour animated render of the code, and a digital poster with all the lines of code. All files are packed in a tar archive with their original creation time stamps. The owner of the lot will get a clear idea of how the creation of the Internet began. The source code used the first versions of HTML, HTTP and URL.
Representatives of Sotheby’s say that Tim Berners-Lee himself approached the organizers of the auction with the idea of selling the “source of the Internet.” The idea was developed – in addition to the source code, information materials were created to understand the value of this acquisition.
The auction will take place from 23 to 30 June. The starting price of the lot is USD 1000. The proceeds will go to charity funds that Tim Berners-Lee supports with his wife.
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