The personal computer of Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, as well as the Non-fungible Token (NFT) of the first edit, is up for auction.
According to the auctioneers, the personal computer used by Jimmy Wales to program the reference resource 20 years ago will be auctioned off, along with an NFT commemorating his first edit on the platform.
Furthermore, Strawberry iMac, which was used for development and research by Jimmy Wales at the time of the website’s launch on January 15, 2001. The auction will begin Friday in New York, according to Christie’s, the auction house in charge of the sale.
According to Christie’s auction house specialist Peter Klarnet, the next lot is for an NFT. It is a one-of-a-kind digital artifact that transfers ownership via blockchain technology. Wales created Wikipedia’s first onscreen image when he uploaded the first text, “Hello World.”
The non-fungible token (NFT) will be provided in JPEG format, according to the auction house. It will be interactive in the sense that the buyer will be able to change or edit the page. To return to its original state, this can be reset with a timer.
Furthermore, a portion of the auction proceeds will be used to help fund Wales’s other project, WT.social project. A non-harmful alternative social media network based on an ad-free model.
As a result, the two lots of personal computers and NFT will be auctioned off on December 15. According to Peter Klarnet, Christie’s hopes to sell them for hundreds of dollars. Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have been discovered to be a favorite art form of auction houses and art markets for some collectors and investors.