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Over $ 1 Million for Wikipedia Linked Computer and NFT

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Two lots were sold on the internet: a strawberry-colored iMac, a personal computer that Jimmy Wales was using when the site was launched on January 15, 2001, as well as a non-fungible token, i.e. a certified digital object. unique from the very first page edited on Wikipedia.

The computer sold for $ 240,900, while the JNF sold for four times as much, at $ 963,500.

The JNF, a must in the digital market

A new darling of certain collectors or groups of investors in the digital world, the JNFs have become essential for auction houses and the art market, the program behind the web ($ 6.9 million beginning of July 2021 at Sotheby’s), to the entirely digital work of the American artist Beeple (89 million dollars in March at Christie’s, record for a JNF).

The two lots, presented at the New York headquarters of Christie’s, at Rockefeller Center, had been put up for sale twelve days ago with starting prices of 128 dollars each, and it is in the last moments that the auctions soared. . According to Christie’s, the JNF was still below $ 128,000 on Wednesday morning and the closing of the sale had to be postponed several times.

A new social network without disinformation

Bonjour Monde“(Hello world)”, “text”: “This digital object, in the form of a JPEG image, represents what Wikipedia looked like at the time [Jimmy Wales] installed it and where it launched its first page, with the words “Hello world ” “}}”>This digital object, in the form of a JPEG image, represents what Wikipedia looked like at the time [Jimmy Wales] installed it and where it launched its first page, with the words “Bonjour Monde” (Hello world), explained Peter Klarnet, specialist in books and manuscripts at Christie’s, during his presentation.

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According to Christie’s, the page is interactive and can be edited by the buyer for recreate the experience of building Wikipedia, then return to its initial state.

Jimmy Wales had announced that part of the sale would fund his WT.Social project, a decentralized, non-commercial social network without advertising, monitoring and data collection and without disinformation.

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