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The world’s first text message saying ‘Merry Christmas’ has fetched £170,000 at auction

The world’s first text message will make history again when it’s auctioned off nearly 30 years later.

The words “Merry Christmas” were sent to Vodafone Director Richard Jarvis in December 1992.

The words 'Merry Christmas' form the world's first text message

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The words ‘Merry Christmas’ form the world’s first text message
A virtual copy of SMS is expected to fetch £170,000 at auction

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A virtual copy of SMS is expected to fetch £170,000 at auctionCredit: PA: Press Association

Now, the phone giant is selling a virtual copy of SMS in a world-first auction. It must be paid out in crypto and is expected to fetch £170,000.

The winning bidder will receive a digital file containing information, such as the phone number used and the message itself, and will have exclusive rights to it.

Auctioneer Maximilian Aguttes compared it to the first book, phone call or email. He added: “This first text message is a historical testament to human and technological progress.”

Mr. Jarvis received a message on his Orbitel 901 phone from Vodafone engineer Neil Papworth.

Mr. Papworth, then 22 years old, helped develop the company’s short message service in Newbury, Berks, and sent seasonal greetings from a computer.

It will become the first text to go on sale when the auction is held in Paris on Tuesday.

The Aguttes Auction House sale is expected to attract tech-savvy bidders from around the world.

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Caroline Bleakley

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