In an auction that started on the 3rd of December 2021 by Christie auction house, Jimmy Wales is auctioning the first-ever edit of Wikipedia as a Non-fungible token. On the 15th of January 2001, Jimmy Wales, the co-founder, and his team launched Wikipedia with "Hello World" as the site's first-ever text. `
In a statement released by the auction house on the 7th of December 2021, the Hello world edit has been captured and is on the list of the tokens meant to be auctioned off. Over the months, not only artworks but artifacts and symbolic items that are worth historical recognition have been made unique assets that can be sold or used to trade on a decentralized market – the blockchain.
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Furthermore, the auction list contains the I-mac G3 device that Wales used to design the world-known search engine cum encyclopedia. As further stated in the statement by the auction house, the gains from the website would be directed towards funding the WT social network designed by wales.
Meanwhile, similar NFT auctions by Tech giants have created waves in the past. For example, in June 2021, Tim Berners-Lee – the creator of the World Wide Web – auctioned off the source code he first used at 5.4 million dollars at the Sotheby auction house. In the same vein, Jack Dorsey, the Twitter co-founder and immediate past CEO auctioned off his very first tweet as an NFT in March for 2.9 million dollars.
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The first edit and the I-Mac are part of the "The Birth of Wikipedia" auction. The NFT content for Jimmy Wales' auction can be found on www.editthisnft.com. This address serves as a host to the mirror of Wikipedia as it was seen on the day of its launching. As of the time of this report, the edit has attracted bids up to the sum of 2,400 dollars and the I-mac 2,200 dollars.
Experts have projected that huge NFT sales may continue and amplify the interests surrounding these tokens and blockchain in subsequent years.
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