Wikipedia creator’s computer and NFT auctioned for nearly $ 1 million

The personal computer used by Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, is auctioned off – Copyright AFP Hector RETAMAL

An NFT commemorating Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales’ first edition on the online reference resource 20 years ago and the computer he used to program the platform has sold for a total of almost a million dollars at auction Wednesday.

Christie’s sold the NFT – non-fungible tokens that are unique digital objects and confer ownership through blockchain technology – for $ 750,000 and the Strawberry iMac for $ 187,500.

The NFT is Wikipedia’s first onscreen image when Wales posted the opening words, “Hello world.”

The iMac Strawberry was the personal computer he “was using for development and research when the website launched on January 15, 2001,” Christie’s said.

The NFT, presented in JPEG format, is interactive, with the buyer able to edit the page, “which can be reset with a timer to return to its original state,” according to Christie’s.

A portion of the proceeds from sales will help fund the WT.Social Wales Project, an ‘alternative nontoxic’ social media network that uses an ad-free model.

A new art form cherished by some collectors and investors, NFTs have become a staple of auction houses and the art market.

An NFT of the World Wide Web source code sold in July for $ 5.4 million at Sotheby’s, while the all-digital work by American artist Beeple fetched $ 69.3 million in March at Christie’s , an NFT record.

Also on Friday, Christie’s announced the auction of a bulletproof vest worn by rap megastar Kanye West at a party marking the release of his 2021 album “Donda”.

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