World's first-ever text message auctioned as NFT for $121,000 by vodafone

'Merry  Christmas'

The first text message ever sent, "Merry Christmas," sold as a "Non-Fungible Token" at a Paris auction house on Tuesday for 107,000 euros ($121,000)

On Dec 3, 1992, Vodafone engineer Neil Papworth sent the SMS from his computer to colleague Richard Jarvis who received it on his 2kg "Orbitel" telephone

Proceeds from the auction will be go to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to support forcibly displaced people

The successful bidder will receive the replica of the original communication protocol that transmitted the SMS

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The auction got conducted in Paris by Aguttes, the first independent auction house in France. The buyer paid with Ether cryptocurrency

The selling of intangible goods is not legal in France and so the auction house has packaged the text message in a digital frame

Auction house founder Maximilian Aguttes said "we are delighted to be able to support the sale of this landmark piece of history for this cause"

Buyers will also receive a certificate signed by Vodafone Group CEO Nick Reed, which will guarantee the uniqueness and authenticity of the NFT