Jimmy Wales to auction Wikipedia’s first edition as NFT
Key points to remember
- Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is auctioning off an NFT containing the very first Wikipedia edition from 2001.
- The auction will also feature the strawberry-colored iMac G3 that Wales used to design the website.
- The sale will take place from December 3 to 15 at Christie’s.
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Wikipedia founder Jimmy “Jimbo” Wales is auctioning his very first site edition as a non-fungible token or NFT.
NFT Features Wikipedia Overview
Although the NFT is advertised as containing the first edition of Wales, it specifically contains the original state of the Wikipedia website.
“‘Hi world!’ was the first change made by Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, to the site’s home page after its launch on January 15, 2001, ”the article’s auction page explains.
The content of the NFT can be viewed at www.editthisnft.com, which hosts a Wikipedia mirror as it was viewed on that date at 6:29 pm.
The object is part of an auction titled ‘The Birth of Wikipedia’, which also includes the desktop computer used by Wales to create the website: a strawberry-colored iMac G3.
The auction is being carried out via Christie’s and will take place from December 3 to 15. So far, the iMac has attracted bids of $ 2,200, while Wikipedia NFT has attracted bids of $ 2,400.
The proceeds from the sale will be used to fund WT.Social, Wale’s non-toxic social network. The project aims to replace ad revenue and content algorithms with donations and content choice.
Other tech leaders have created NFTs
Wales’ NFT auction looks like two previous auctions of tech leaders. In June, Tim Berners-Lee auctioned off the World Wide Web’s source code as NFT via a $ 5.4 million sale at Sotheby’s.
In March, co-founder and former CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, sold his first tweet as a non-fungible token for $ 2.9 million.
At this time, Wales joked on selling his iMac, noting that unlike an NFT, “it’s real and I could bring it to you.“Now it looks like Wales has decided to go all the way and sell both items.
Disclaimer: At the time of writing, this author held less than $ 100 worth of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and altcoins.
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