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The World's First "Merry Christmas" SMS Sells IDR 1.7 Billion


There is something interesting ahead of this 2021 Christmas celebration. SMS (Short Message Service) messages containing the words "Merry Christmas" or "Merry Christmas" are the first in the world, sold at auction in the form of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT). The SMS message "Merry Christmas" was sold for 121,000 US dollars or equivalent to Rp. 1.7 billion at the Aguttes auction house in Paris, France. The world's first "Merry Christmas" SMS was sent by Neil Papworth, an engineer working for the British telecommunications company Vodafone. Papworth sent a "Merry Christmas" message to his manager in England, Richard Jarvis, over the Vodafone network on his computer. Jarvis received the world's first "Merry Christmas" message via telephone "Orbitel" on December 3, 1992. "They were in the middle of a year-end event. So he (Papworth) sent him (Jarvis) a 'Merry Christmas' message," said Maximilien Aguttes, head of development of the Aguttes Auction House.

As an NFT, "Merry Christmas" SMS messages are considered intangible and are therefore against the law in France. To that end, Augettes Auction House is looking for a solution so that the world's first "Merry Christmas" message can still be sold as an NFT. Finally, Augettes Auction House framed a picture of the "Merry Christmas" message and included the original code and communication protocol from Vodafone's "Merry Christmas" SMS, as compiled by KompasTekno of The New York Post, Friday (12/24/2021). An animated video of the communication protocol code from the SMS message can be viewed on the official Augettes Auction House website via the following link. Well, the bidder who wins the auction will become the exclusive owner of the photo frame containing the "Merry Christmas" SMS as well as a replica of the original code and communication protocol of the world's first "Merry Christmas" SMS as an NFT asset.

Famous people "vendor" NFT

Lately, NFT is indeed being loved to sell various digital assets, ranging from tweets, songs, paintings, memes, and others. Non-Fungible Token or NFT itself can be interpreted as a cryptographic token that represents an item that is considered unique.

By owning NFT assets, the owner is like owning a work of art or an antique. With NFT, buyers can get the "original" work even though there are many copies circulating online. Actually NFT is similar to other digital assets, such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and others. But the basic difference is that NFT can be owned but not exchanged. A number of world famous people also sell their artwork or "content" as Non-Fungible Tokens. For example, as done by the founder of Twitter, Jack Dorsey. He sold his first tweet which read "just setting up my twttr" as NFT. The tweet, which was uploaded on May 22, 2006 has sold for US$2.9 million or around Rp. 41.7 billion.

Apart from Dorsey, Elon Musk's wife and musician Grimes is also known to have sold her work through NFT for US$5.8 million (around Rp. 82.9 billion).

Other digital artists have also chosen to sell their work as NFTs. One of them is digital artist Mike Winkelmann, or commonly known as "Beeple", who managed to sell a collage of everything he ever made for 69 million US dollars (approximately Rp. 993 billion). There are also memes that are used as NFT assets by their creators. For example, the meme "Nyan Cat" is selling for 300 Ethereum or the equivalent of 8.1 billion. Another popular meme, namely "Bad Luck Brian" was also sold for 20 Ethereum coins or around Rp. 545 million.

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