01/07/2021 Tim Berners-Lee’s NFT of world wide web source code sold for $5.4m

Crypto asset represents ownership of various digital items from when Berners-Lee invented the web in 1989

An NFT of the original source code for the world wide web, written by its inventor Tim Berners-Lee, has sold for $5.4m at Sotheby’s in an online auction, the auction house said on Wednesday.

A non-fungible token (NFT) is a kind of crypto asset that records ownership of digital items, and has recently become a major asset in the creative world, with NFTs of artworkmusic and internet memes selling for millions of dollars.

The NFT sold on Wednesday was created by the English scientist Berners-Lee in 2021 and represents ownership of various digital items from when he invented the world wide web in 1989.

The sale effectively comprises a blockchain-based record of ownership of files containing the original source code for the world wide web. The final price was $5,434,500 and half of the bidders were new to Sotheby’s.

The world wide web, or “the web”, is the system for navigating and accessing information on the internet.

The NFT is considered valuable by some because its basis in the blockchain authenticates that it is one-of-a-kind and has been officially created, or “minted”, by Berners-Lee himself.

“The symbolism, the history, the fact that they’re coming from the creator is what makes them valuable, and there are lots of people who collect things for exactly those reasons,” said Cassandra Hatton, the global head of science and popular culture at Sotheby’s.

“We have placed it in a public forum, we have sold it at basically no reserve [the bidding started at $1,000] and we let the market decide what the value is going to be. There have been multiple bidders who have all agreed that it’s valuable.”

Included in the purchase are NFTs representing about 9,555 lines of code written in 1990-1991, a 30-minute animated visualisation of the code, a digital poster of the code, and a digital letter written by Berners-Lee in June 2021, reflecting on his invention.

The letter begins: “As people seemed to appreciate autographed versions of books, now we have NFT technology, I thought it could be fun to make an autographed copy of the original code of the first web browser.”

Tim Berners-Lee had previously defended his choice to sell the NFT, comparing it to an autographed book. “This is totally aligned with the values of the web,” Berners-Lee told the Guardian in a recent interview. “I’m not even selling the source code. I’m selling a picture that I made, with a Python programme that I wrote myself, of what the source code would look like if it was stuck on the wall and signed by me.”

The sale is the latest in a series of moves by traditional auction houses to embrace the blockchain-based assets, which exploded in popularity in early 2021.

In March, an NFT of a digital collage by the American artist Beeple fetched $69.3m at Christie’s, in the first sale by a major auction house of an artwork which does not physically exist. The Twitter boss, Jack Dorsey, sold his first tweet in NFT form for $2.9m.



Interesting NFTs
Source Code for the WWW
OWNER: Sir Tim Berners-Lee Sir Tim Berners-Lee, b. 1955 Source Code for the WWW 1990-1991 Work includes: Original archive of dated and time-stamped files containing the source code, written between 3 October 1990 and 24 August 1991. These files contain code with approximately 9,555 lines, the contents of which include implementations of the three languages and protocols invented by Sir Tim; HTML (Hypertext Markup Language); HTTP (Hyper Transfer Protocol); and URIs (Uniform Resource Identifiers), as well as the original HTML documents that instructed early web users on how to use the application Animated visualization of the code being written (Video, black & white, silent), lasting 30 minutes 25 seconds A Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) representation of the full code (A0 841mm wide by 1189 mm high), created by Sir Tim from the original files using Python, with a graphic representation of his physical signature at lower right A letter written in the README.md file (in “markdown” format) by Sir Tim in June of 2021, reflecting upon the code and his process of creating it Non-fungible Token ERC-721 Minted on June 15, 2021, ed. 1/1 Smart Contract Address: 0x86ade256037d80d6d42df8df96d5be21cd25bd8f
The DJ Wanderer
This is a original Javier Arrés GIF-ART. Javier Arrés is a spanish world-renowned visual artist, London Art Biennale Winner 2019, creator of the term "Visual Toys" to describe his crazy and fantastic gifs recognise around the world. Javier Arrés is one of the most famous gif artist from the begining of the gifart movememnt. Theirs gifs are apreciated and showed around the world ----------------------------------------------------------- More Info Visit: javierarres.com -------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------------Awards / Exhibitions /LONDON ART BIENNALE WINNER "Work on Paper" Category.2019 /ART CAPITAL PARIS 2020. Collective exhibition at Salon des Indépendants. / WE CONTEMPORARY Include in Catalogue and a collective exhibition. Topic Salon, Prague. 2019. /INTERNATIONAL GUEST ARTIST Speaker at the festival Gif-Fest 2017. Singapore. /FEATURED GIF-ARTIST at MediaLive Fest Exhibition at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA). (EE-UU) 2017. /EMERGING ARTIST By Hi-Fructose. (New Contemporary Art magazine - USA). 2017. /COMIC CON MADRID. 2018 Guest artist /ILLUSTRATION PEOPLE ́S. CHOICE AWARD CreativePool London. 2017 /FLAMANTES 2018. Artist included in the book of young artists /SOCIETY6 ARTIST. Artist to Watch Quarterly Fall 2019 /TEKENPUDDING. Gif exhibition at Tekenpudding, Antwerp (Belgium) 2019 Featured artist at Giphy (+2.000.000 Views per month). --------------------------------------------------- PRESS NOTES: -----------------MtvAsia Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlhTJ56r7gU -----------Hi-Fructose Modern- Art Magazine Article: https://hifructose.com/2016/11/17/the-wild-intricate-animated-gifs-of-javier-arres/ ----------------------CreativePool People Choice Award´17 : https://javierarres.wordpress.com/2017/04/02/javier-arres-illustration-people-choices-award-winner-2017/ -----------------------------------National Spain Tv Web (RTVE) Article: http://www.rtve.es/noticias/20181024/javier-arres-mundo-hipnotico-lleno-locuras-neones-colores/1821721.shtml
The eye of providence blinks. Originally posted to tumblr June 26, 2012.
Chromie Squiggle #4697
Simple and easily identifiable, each squiggle embodies the soul of the Art Blocks platform. Consider each my personal signature as an artist, developer, and tinkerer. Public minting of the Chromie Squiggle is permanently paused. They are now reserved for manual distribution to collectors and community members over a longer period of time. Please visit OpenSea to explore Squiggles available on the secondary market.
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