World's first text message sells for $120,000

The world's first text message sells for $120,000

UPSOT (SOUNDBITE) (French) AGUTTES AUCTION HOUSE AUCTIONEER, CLAUDE AGUTTES, SAYING:

"170,000, the bid is over here. 107,000 in the room, here, it's over. Sold for 107,000, congratulations."

It was put up for auction as an NFT

by the British telecoms company Vodafone

The message reading 'Merry Christmas' was sent in 1992

(SOUNDBITE) (French) AGUTTES AUCTION HOUSE HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT, MAXIMILIEN AGUTTES, SAYING:

"Neil Papworth, engineer in the team sat behind his computer on December 3, 1992 and sent this SMS to a Vodafone manager in the United Kingdom. They were in the middle of an end-of-year event so he sent him the message 'Merry Christmas'."

The buyer will receive the replica

of the original communication protocol that transmitted the SMS

(SOUNDBITE) (French) AGUTTES AUCTION HOUSE HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT, MAXIMILIEN AGUTTES, SAYING:

"In France, it is forbidden to sell intangible goods so we gave tangible form to this first text message with this digital frame which displays the code, the protocol, used to send the first text message."

The proceeds will go to the United Nations Refugee Agency UNHCR

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