The first text message in history is auctioned off for 107,000 euros

Profits from this sale will be sent to the United Nations Refugee Agency.

That last Tuesday auctioning the first ever SMS-style text message. It’s for sale in Paris at digital code format for 107,000 euros roughly -the equivalent of 103,047,074 Chilean pesos-, said selling house Aguttes.

This SMS was sent on December 3, 1992 by the telephone company Vodafone. It just consists of characters and says: “Merry Christmas” (Merry Christmas in English).

A telephone company employee, engineer Neil Papworth, send SMS from his computer to a manager in England, whose name is Richard Jarvis.

This one he received on his cell phone orbit 901, one of the first mobile phone models to be weighs two kilograms and is the size of a tile, according to American magazine GQ.


Curious pieces, served on tablets, It was acquired by a Canadian who works in the new technology sector and whose identity is not determined.

Random text messages

This way the buyer has a digital replica and the only native communication protocol that transmits those telephone text messages (SMS).

“We are very happy with this success. We believe in the importance of the charitable aspect of this sale which gives us the opportunity to support a good cause. It was a one-of-a-kind auction, a true digital artifact“, Details Maximilien Aguttes, director of development of the auction house.

This won’t be the last The NFT to be hammered inside the Aguttes house, but it will continue to be great for us,” he added.

Profit from this sale, which the auction house has calculated between 100,000 and 200,000 euros , will be handed over to the United Nations Refugee Agency.

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