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WWW source code sold to unknown person for $ 5.4 million



Auction house Sotheby’s confirms the sale of the 9,555 lines of source code that underlie the World Wide Web (WWW). The code was written by British computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee between 1990 and 1991.

The sale was made in the format of a Non Fungible Token (NFT). The buyer received:

  • Original archive of date and timestamp files containing source code written between October 3, 1990 and August 24, 1991
  • Animated visualization of the written code (video, black and white, no sound) lasting 30 minutes 25 seconds
  • Scalable vector graphics (SVG) representing the complete code (A0 841 mm wide x 1189 mm high)
  • Letter written by Sir Tim Berners-Lee in June 2021 describing the code and the process of creating it

Auction house Sotheby’s confirms that the NFT-token with the source code of WWW was sold for 5.43 million dollars, while a couple of days ago it was offered for half as much. The buyer’s name is not disclosed.

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