“Merry Christmas” – First SMS sells for over 100,000 euros in Paris auction

PARIS – THE FIRST text message ever sent, reading “Merry Christmas,” was sold on Tuesday for 107,000 euros ($121,000) as a ‘Non-Fungible Token’ at a Paris auction house.

The textual content, which used to be despatched on Dec. 3, 1992, was publish for public sale by way of the British telecoms corporate Vodafone.

Vodafone engineer Neil Papworth sent the SMS from his laptop to a manager in the United Kingdom, who gained it on his 2-kg (FOUR lb) “Orbitel” phone – very similar to a desk phone however cordless and with a deal with.

“They have been in the heart of end-of-12 months occasions so he sent him the message ‘Merry Christmas’,” said Maximilien Aguttes, head of building for the Aguttes Public Sale House.

Non-Fungible Tokens, or NFTs, are a kind of digital asset that has surged in reputation this yr, with NFT artworks promoting for thousands and thousands of greenbacks.

Traded considering that round 2017, these virtual objects, which surround photographs, video, track and textual content, exist on blockchain, a document of transactions kept on networked computers. Each NFT has a unique virtual signature.

the marketing of intangible goods isn’t criminal in France and so the auction space has packaged the text message in a virtual frame, exhibiting the code and verbal exchange protocol, Aguttes mentioned.

The purchaser will obtain the replica of the original verbal exchange protocol that transmitted the SMS and proceeds will go to the United International Locations Refugee Agency UNHCR.

($1 = 0.8872 euros)

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