World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee sells source code NFT for $5.4 million


Tim Berners-Lee made an easy $5 million for charity.

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Nonfungible tokens continue to sell for big money, especially if they’re unique. And what’s more unique than the actual source code for the World Wide Web? 

Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the web, sold an NFT of the web’s source code Wednesday for $5.4 million, according to the BBC. The sale happened at a Sotheby’s auction, with bidding starting at $1,000. The NFT includes the time-stamped files of the source code, an animated video of the code being written, a letter from Berners-Lee and a digital poster he created. Proceeds from the sale will go toward causes picked by Berners-Lee and his wife. 

NFTs are blockchain-created certificates of authenticity for a digital asset. The person who buys the token doesn’t own the copyright of said asset, just the digital token of that asset. Some prominent NFT sales include Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey selling the first tweet for $2.9 million, The New York Times selling a picture of a column for $560,000, one guy selling his farts for $85, and Beeple selling a digital artwork for $69 million.


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