The British auction house Sotheby's announced this Tuesday (15) that it will auction, between the 23rd and 30th of June, on its website, an NFT with the original source code for the web – the WWW (World Wide Web), created in 1989 by physicist Tim Berners-Lee.

NFT (Non-Fungible Token) is a cryptographic digital asset that represents something unique. In short, it is a certificate for a digital product.

The sale is open to the public and bids start at $1,000 (BRL 5,000), according to the ad. Cryptocurrencies can be used upon purchase.

According to the auction house, the NFT consists of the original time-stamped files containing the source code; a mobile view of the nearly 10,000 lines of creation; a letter written by Tim and a digital “poster” of the app.

“Three decades ago, I created something that, with the subsequent help of a large number of contributors around the world, has been a powerful tool for humanity. For me, the best part of the web is the spirit of collaboration. While I make no predictions about the future, I sincerely hope that its use, knowledge and potential remain open and available for all of us to continue to innovate, create and initiate the next technological transformation that we cannot yet imagine," he said in the material from sale.

“NFTs, whether artwork or a digital artifact, are the latest playful creations in this realm and the most appropriate medium of ownership there is. They are the ideal way to package the origins behind the web.”


‘WWW’ was created by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 on a NeXT computer, developed by Steve Jobs.

The application was the first hypermedia browser and editor to give users the ability to store different pieces of information in links.

Tim never made money from his invention. The source code was placed in the public domain shortly after its release.

The proceeds will be used to support initiatives by Tim and his wife, Lady Berners-Lee.


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