Berners-Lee NFT Sells for $5.4M at Sotheby's

High-end digital collectibles are still fetching large sums.

AccessTimeIconJun 30, 2021 at 7:05 p.m. UTC
Updated May 9, 2023 at 3:21 a.m. UTC
10 Years of Decentralizing the Future
May 29-31, 2024 - Austin, TexasThe biggest and most established global hub for everything crypto, blockchain and Web3.Register Now

Tim Berners-Lee, the British computer scientist and inventor of the World Wide Web, put some source code up for auction as a non-fungible token (NFT) earlier this month.

Someone bought it for $5.4 million.

Sotheby's announced Wednesday that the NFT attracted a total of 51 bids. A Sotheby's spokesperson told CoinDesk the buyer is anonymous. "At this time we can’t confirm if they will pay in fiat or crypto," they said.

Proceeds from the sale will go toward charitable initiatives supported by the Berners-Lee family, Sotheby's said.

UPDATE (June 30, 19:48 UTC): Adds comment from a Sotheby's spokesperson.


Please note that our privacy policy, terms of use, cookies, and do not sell my personal information has been updated.

The leader in news and information on cryptocurrency, digital assets and the future of money, CoinDesk is an award-winning media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. In November 2023, CoinDesk was acquired by Bullish group, owner of Bullish, a regulated, institutional digital assets exchange. Bullish group is majority owned by; both groups have interests in a variety of blockchain and digital asset businesses and significant holdings of digital assets, including bitcoin. CoinDesk operates as an independent subsidiary, and an editorial committee, chaired by a former editor-in-chief of The Wall Street Journal, is being formed to support journalistic integrity.

Learn more about Consensus 2024, CoinDesk's longest-running and most influential event that brings together all sides of crypto, blockchain and Web3. Head to to register and buy your pass now.