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Saturday, January 29, 2022

Auction on the Wikipedia founder’s computer and the site’s front page when it was founded

The prestigious Christie’s launched a personal computer used by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales when the electronic encyclopedia was launched 20 years ago, in addition to the front page of the famous site in the digital “NFT” format.

The computer was displayed at Christie’s headquarters in Rockefeller Center in New York, a red “iMac” that Jimmy Wales was using “as a personal computer for development and research operations when the site was launched on January 15, 2001,” according to a statement by the auction house. .

Peter Clarant, a specialist in books and publications at Christie’s, told AFP that the auction includes a digital piece in the “NFT” format approved to document the authenticity of digital products, “created by Jimmy Wales and showing what Wikipedia looked like when he created it and launched its front page, with the phrase + Hello world +.”.

Both pieces are on sale online until December 15, starting at $100 each, but Christie’s hopes to sell them for “hundreds of thousands of dollars”, according to Peter Clarant.

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