On December 15, auction house Christieʼs completed the auction of the NFT collection “The Birth of Wikipedia,” during which it sold the first page of the largest online encyclopedia.
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales created it on January 15, 2001. The entry consists of a single phrase “Hello, World!” The token has been sold for $750,000.
Also under the hammer was Wales’s personal iMac, on which he made that record. The computer was sold for $187,500.
The buyers of both lots remain unknown.
Wales put up for sale the first version of the Internet encyclopedia at Christie’s auction in the form of NFT in early December.
After the sale, the Wikipedia home page will be posted on the Internet. Five minutes after editing, it will revert to its original state. The new owner will be able to close access to the page or prohibit its edition.