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World's first SMS sold at NFT auction for $150,000

A Merry Christmas SMS sent in December 1992 was sold as an at an auction in Paris for €132,680. The proceeds will go to charity.


The first text message was sent on December 3, 1992 by British programmer Neil Papworth. The recipient was Richard Jarvis, who was then CEO of the British telecommunications company Vodafone.

“In 1992, I had no idea just how popular texting would become, and that this would give rise to emojis and messaging apps used by millions,” Papworth was quoted as saying by the auctioneer. Now SMS in the form of an token was sold at Paris-based auction Aguttes. The buyer of the non-fungible token was an unknown auction participant who paid for the purchase with ETH. In addition to the NFT itself, the winner of the auction will receive a digital frame with 3D animation with an SMS image.

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