Computer from the creator of Wikipedia and NFT of the first edition at auction


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New York (AFP) – The personal computer that Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales used when programming the online reference resource 20 years ago is under the hammer, along with an NFT commemorating its first edition on the platform, have said the auctioneers on Friday.

The iMac Strawberry was the machine Wales “was using for development and research when the website launched on January 15, 2001,” said auction house Christie’s, which oversees the sale which began on Friday in New York. York.

The second batch is for an NFT – the non-fungible tokens are unique digital objects that confer ownership through blockchain technology – created by Wales from the first onscreen image of Wikipedia when he posted the first words, ” Hello everyone, ”said Peter Klarnet, Christie’s Specialist. AFP.

The NFT, presented in JPEG format, will be interactive, with the buyer able to edit the page, “which can be reset with a timer to return to its original state,” according to Christie’s.

A portion of the proceeds from sales will help fund the WT.Social Wales Project, an ‘alternative nontoxic’ social media network that uses an ad-free model.

Both lots are on sale online until Dec.15, with Christie’s hoping they will sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars, Klarnet said.

A new art form cherished by some collectors and investors, NFTs have become a staple of auction houses and the art market.

A bulletproof vest worn by rapper Kanye West also went under the hammer at Christie’s auction house in New York KENA BETANCUR AFP

An NFT of the World Wide Web source code sold in July for $ 5.4 million at Sotheby’s, while the all-digital work by American artist Beeple fetched $ 69.3 million in March at Christie’s , an NFT record.

Also on Friday, Christie’s announced the auction of a bulletproof vest worn by rap megastar Kanye West at a party marking the release of his 2021 album “Donda”.


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