The World Wide Web was invented in 1989 by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a computer scientist from Great Britain. The original source code of the World Wide Web will be auctioned off as an NFT by Sotheby’s Auction called This Changed Everything. The source code consists of 9,555 lines in HTML, HTTP, and URIs that define the Internet. The NFT on auction at Sotheby’s includes an animated view of the source code, an electronic poster of the original code, and a letter of extensive experience written by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. The works on auction are time-stamped and signed by Sir Berners-Lee. The single-edition auction shall be taking place on the Ethereum Blockchain with a minimum bidding price of US $1,000. Through the auction, Sir Berners-Lee seeks to capitalize upon his work that is one of the best inventions of all time.
According to Berners-Lee, NFT is a modern creation of the digital universe that will help encapsulate the original source code of the World Wide Web. NFTs are known for the creation and sale of artworks, and therefore the sale of technological breakthroughs is new in the world of the Internet. The sale of iconic technological breakthroughs began with the auction of the first tweet of Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, as an NFT at a huge bidding price of $2.9 million at the Valuables platform. The tweet by Dorsey was bought by Sina Estavi, the CEO of Bridge Oracle.
Sotheby’s is also known for the Natively Digital auction of Quantum, the first minted NFT, created by Kevin McCoy. The Global Head of Science and Popular Culture at Sotheby’s, Cassandra Hatton, stated that the NFT form of the auction should enable the collectors to be owners of digital assets and artifacts.