The first fifteen characters that have ever been sent via SMS text messages are pretty expensive. A buyer paid 107,000 euros at an auction for the words “Merry Christmas”.

For 107,000 euros the first SMS went over the auction table.

 The first SMS in the world costs more than 100,000 euros

To make the message, or better, the code behind the message, visible , the buyer got a digital picture frame for his holiday greeting from the past.

The first SMS in the world costs more than 100,000 euros

Cell phones became more and more popular in the 1990s and had more and more functions.

That's what it's all about

  • The very first SMS in history was auctioned.

  • An NFT of the first, sent by SMS, changed for 107,000 «Merry Christmas» the owner.

  • The Christmas greeting was sent on December 3, 1992.

An expensive but very special Christmas greeting: the world's first SMS text message with the content “Merry Christmas” was auctioned in Paris. The auction house Drouot announced on Tuesday that the purchase price was 107,000 euros. This involved both a replica of the first text message and a so-called NFT (Non-Fungible Token) – a virtual good that is unique and not exchangeable.

NFTs are digital codes that refer to tangible objects or virtual goods. It is not about the rights to photos or videos that can be seen: these are subject to copyright and are not part of a non-fungible token. Rather, an NFT is a digital image that is based on blockchain technology and is therefore forgery-proof. Thanks to this data chain, it has been proven that you are the only owner of this code. Depending on what the NFT refers to in the real world, the greater its importance.

According to tweet and internet source code

Certificates of authenticity are trendy. For example, this spring the first tweet from Twitter founder Jack Dorsey was auctioned as an NFT for $ 2.9 million (2.5 million euros). In the summer, the first source code for the World Wide Web (WWW) by Tim Berners-Lee was sold as NFT for 5.4 million dollars.

So now it was the turn of the SMS. The auction house Aguttes estimated the profit margin for this digital code at 100,000 to 200,000 euros. An unnamed buyer bought it for 107,000 euros on Tuesday. He not only received the code, but also items – such as a digital picture frame to make the SMS visible.

Sale for a good cause

The recipient of the first SMS on December 3, 1992 was an employee of the telecommunications company Vodafone. The message contained 15 characters, namely “Merry Christmas”. Vodafone wants to hand over the proceeds of the sale to the UN refugee agency UNHCR.

When the world's first SMS was auctioned on Tuesday in Neuilly-sur-Seine near Paris, one of its initiators was 5500 kilometers away: the programmer Neil Papworth, who in 1992 sent the said short message in England from a computer to a mobile phone of a Vodafone colleague , now lives in Montreal. What does the 51-year-old think of the fact that the SMS now has a digital image? “NFTs are not my thing, I've never bought or sold one,” he told the German press agency. “But if people want to buy something like that – why not?” It is a good thing that the auction brings money for a good cause and makes the buyer happy.

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By Teresa Tapmleton

Teresa Tampleton has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Nizh TEkegram, Teresa Tampleton worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7341

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