Sunday, January 16

An NFT with the code of the first edition of Wikipedia sold for $ 750,000

Included in the NFT batch is the first message posted on Wikipedia by the site’s co-founder in 2001, marking a unique moment in Internet history. Wales wrote the words “Hello world!” after launching the site on January 15, 2001.

The NFT includes the 2001 Wikipedia homepage layout based on the earliest surviving source code and also has a feature that allows the owner to edit the page., which can be reset with a timer to return to its original state.

Christie’s Principal Specialist Peter Klarnet said the auction result “highlights the growing interest in Internet history among collectors.” According to the auction house, Wikipedia will use a portion of the proceeds from the sale to support the pilot project for the Welsh alternative social network WT.Social.

Christie’s, one of the largest auction houses in the world, entered the NFT sector in early 2021.