The original code that created the internet will be auctioned off next week with a starting bid of $1,000. It will be sold by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the British inventor that is credited with launching the web as we know it.
The code will be sold as a non-fungible token, or NFT. These are digital assets sold via blockchain, meaning that a series of data assign the asset to the owner. NFTs are increasingly popular as owners of digital assets find ways to monetize them.
According to “The Evening Standard,” the winning bidder of the internet code NFT “will receive an animated visualisation of the code, a letter written by Sir Tim about its creation, as well as a digital poster of the full code.”
Sir Tim says that auctioning off the code felt like the “natural thing” to do.