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The Wikipedia creator’s computer and the NFT of its first page at auction

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Shown at Christie’s New York headquarters at Rockefeller Center, the computer is a strawberry-colored iMac. It isJanuary 2001 “,” text “:” his personal computer, which he was using for development and research when the site was launched on January 15, 2001 “}}”>his personal computer, which he was using for development and research when the site was launched on January 15, 2001, writes the company in a press release.

The second lot is a NFT, a unique certified digital object thanks to blockchain technology, created by Jimmy Wales and which renders what Wikipedia looked like when he launched his first page, with the words + Hello World +, explained Peter Klarnet, book and manuscript specialist at Christie’s.

The page, presented in image format Jpeg, will be interactive and can be edited by the buyer for recreate the experience of building Wikipedia, then return to its initial state using a timer, writes Christie’s.

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In the statement, Jimmy Wales announces that part of the sale will fund his WT.Social project, a decentralized, non-commercial social network, without advertising, tracking and data collection, and without disinformation, he explains.

On its homepage, WT.Social presents itself as a non-toxic social network.

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Both lots are on sale online until December 15, starting at US $ 100 each, but Christie’s hopes to sell them. for hundreds of thousands of dollars, explained Peter Klarnet.

New darling of certain collectors or groups that invest in digital, NFT have become staples of auction houses and the art market, from the program behind the web (US $ 5.4 million, at the beginning of July 2021 at Sotheby’s), to the entirely digital work of American artist Beeple (US $ 69.3 million in March at Christie’s, record for a NFT).

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On Friday, Christie’s also announced the online sale, until December 9, of a bulletproof vest worn by rapper Kanye West during one of the presentation parties of his latest album, Donda, on August 5, 2021 in Atlanta.

An object accompanied by its digital replica protected by a NFT, allowing the object to live both in the physical world and in the metaverse, says Christie’s.

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