The first SMS in history, sent by the British operator Vodafone on December 3, 1992, will be auctioned on Tuesday December 21 in the form of NFT, these certified digital goods that are shaking up the cultural market, during a sale organized by the Aguttes house in France.

Received at the time by Richard Jarvis, collaborator of Vodafone, during the Christmas holidays, the SMS is composed of 15 characters to say “Merry Christmas” (Merry Christmas). The future buyer, who will be able to make his payment in cryptocurrency, will become the exclusive owner of a digital and unique replica of the original communication protocol that transmitted the world’s first SMS.

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The low estimate for the 15 characters of this “Merry Christmas” amounts to 100,000 euros. The operator Vodafone has indicated that it will donate the proceeds of the sale to UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency.

Hen that lays the golden eggs of contemporary art

Almost unknown a year ago, NFTs are presented as a certificate of authenticity for an object, virtual or real, based on technology. “Blockchain”, a tamper-proof system that also authenticates cryptocurrency exchange transactions.

Towards a virtual universe, but with real money

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An NFT is unique and cannot be exchanged for an equivalent, hence its name: “Non-Fungible Token”, which means “Non-fungible token” in French.

They represent for some the new goose that lays the golden eggs of the contemporary art market and in a few months have become essential auction houses, reaching prices of several million dollars – the record going to a work entirely. digital image of the American artist Beeple with 69.3 million in March at Christie’s.

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