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World’s First SMS Sells For Over 100,000 Euros In Paris Auction

The textual content, which was despatched on Dec. 3, 1992, was put up for public sale by British telecoms firm Vodafone.


The first textual content message ever despatched, studying “Merry Christmas,” was offered on Tuesday for 107,000 euros ($121,000) as a ‘Non-Fungible Token’ at a Paris public sale home.

The textual content, which was despatched on Dec. 3, 1992, was put up for public sale by the British telecoms firm Vodafone.

Vodafone engineer Neil Papworth despatched the SMS from his laptop to a supervisor within the United Kingdom, who acquired it on his 2-kg (four lb) “Orbitel” phone – just like a desk telephone however cordless and with a deal with.

“They were in the middle of end-of-year events so he sent him the message ‘Merry Christmas’,” mentioned Maximilien Aguttes, head of growth for the Aguttes Auction House.

Non-Fungible Tokens, or NFTs, are a sort of digital asset that has surged in recognition this yr, with NFT artworks promoting for thousands and thousands of {dollars}.

Traded since round 2017, these digital objects, which embody photos, video, music and textual content, exist on blockchain, a document of transactions stored on networked computer systems. Each NFT has a singular digital signature.

The promoting of intangible items just isn’t authorized in France and so the public sale home has packaged the textual content message in a digital body, displaying the code and communication protocol, Aguttes mentioned.

The purchaser will obtain the duplicate of the unique communication protocol that transmitted the SMS and proceeds will go to the United Nations Refugee Agency UNHCR.

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