NFT craze has been continuing to surge higher. More art and historic collectors are being attracted to the industry. This year Wikipedia, the free internet encyclopedia, completed its 20th anniversary in January. Since then, the millennial website continued to make history by selling its Non-Fungible Token through auction giant Christie’s. Notably, this week itself, on Wednesday, the auction house completed an auction of two Wikipedia-related objects directly from Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales. According to reports shared by new media outlets, the auction was titled “The Birth of Wikipedia”.
The NFT lot features the first message posted on Wikipedia by the site’s co-founder back in 2001, marking a unique moment in the history of the internet: Wales typed the words “Hello, World!” after launching the site on Jan. 15, 2001.
Christie's had initially estimated that the NFT would fetch between $100,000 and $150,000. In a statement after the sale, a senior specialist at the auction house, Peter Klarnet, said the result "underscores the burgeoning interest in the history of the internet among collectors."
The online sale included two lots, an NFT of Wikipedia’s first edit and a Strawberry iMac used by co-founder Wales to create Wikipedia. It was incredible to see that the first edit was sold for $750k, whereas the featured iMac used by Wales to create the Wikipedia was sold for $187,500.
Furthermore, the NFT lot featured the first message posted on Wikipedia by its co-founder in 2001. The message marked a unique moment in the history of the internet. After launching the site in January 2001, Wales typed “Hello, World!”.
The NFT preserves the layout of the Wikipedia home page in 2001, based on the earliest surviving source code. The NFT also has a feature that allows the owner to edit the page, which can be reset with a timer to revert to its original state.
"It was very, very academic and it failed because it wasn't really any fun for volunteers -- it was too rigid," Wales said in the statement ahead of the sale.
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