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The Wikipedia creator’s computer and the NFT of his first page up for auction – Tech news and startup in Senegal and Africa

The personal computer that Wikipedia creator Jimmy Wales was using when it launched 20 years ago, and a certified digital object (NFT) from the first page of the site must have been auctioned by Christie’s company.

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

The second batch is an NFT, a unique certified digital object that uses blockchain technology, “created by Jimmy Wales and which shows what Wikipedia was like when he installed it and launched its first page,” with the words + Hello world + “, he explained to AFP Peter Klarnet, Christie’s Book and Manuscript Specialist.

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

In the statement, Jimmy Wales announced that part of the sale will finance his project WT.Social, “a decentralized social network, non-commercial, without advertising, without monitoring, data collection and without disinformation,” he explains.

On its home page, WT.Social describes itself as the “non-toxic social network.”

Both lots are for sale online through Dec. 15, starting at $ 100 each, but Christie hopes to sell them “for hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Klarnet said.

New favorite of certain collectors or digital investor groups, NFTs have become essential for auction houses and the art market, the program behind the web ($ 5.4 million in early July 2021 at Sotheby’s), for the all-digital work of the American. artist Beeple ($ 69.3 million in March at Christie’s, record for an NFT).

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 for his latest album, Donda, on August 5, 2021 in Atlanta.

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

AFP

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