Merry Christmas’: First Ever Christmas SMS Sells As NFT For Over €100K
The first text message ever sent, with inscription “Merry Christmas,” was sold on Tuesday for 107,000 euros ($121,000) as a ‘Non-Fungible Token‘ during an auction in Paris.
The text, which was sent on December 3, 1992, was put up for auction by the British telecoms company Vodafone.
Vodafone engineer Neil Papworth sent the SMS from his computer to a manager in the United Kingdom, who received it on his 2-kg (4 lb) “Orbitel” telephone — similar to the phone which it was first written on.
“They were in the middle of end-of-year events so he sent him the message ‘Merry Christmas’,” said Maximilien Aguttes, head of development for the Aguttes Auction House.
The text sold as an NFT, (Non Fungible token).
Recall flipmemes had earlier Performed a comprehensive overview of what NFT’s are, as these tokens have been traded since around 2017.
The digital objects, which encompass images, video, music and text, exist on blockchain, a record of transactions kept on networked computers.
Each NFT has a unique digital signature.
The selling of intangible goods is not legal in France and so the auction house has packaged the text message in a digital frame, displaying the code and communication protocol, Aguttes said.