First Text Message gets on the NFT Bandwagon!

Updated: Jul 22


World's first SMS sold at NFT auction


World’s first-ever text message “Merry Christmas” was auctioned off as an NFT in Paris. The bid closed at a whopping $121,000. This message was auctioned off by British wireless company Vodafone and all the proceedings are donated to United Nations Refugee Agency.


This first text was sent by Vodafone Engineer Neil Papworth on 3rd December 1992 to Vodafone executive Richard Jarvis who received it on his Orbitel 901 cellphone. The auction was conducted at Aguttes Auction House and since selling intangibles is illegal in France, the auction house packaged the text message in a digital frame and also its code and communication protocol!


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