We all love emojis or emoticons at this point, whether that’s a smiley face, thumbs up or even a unicorn. Frequently, we send them every day through messaging services on our phones, tablets or computers. Basically, they’re just a part of everyday life. Now, Scott E. Fahlman, the inventor of the original emoticons in 1982, is auctioning his first ever message. That’s right! You can get get an NFT of the first use of an emoticon via Heritage Auctions.
The NFT of these original emoticons came from Fahlman’s message to a Carnegie Mellon University via a message board. Although these messages were lost for over 20 years, they were found in 2002. Fortunately, these messages are now an NFT! Essentially, this is a piece of history. Actually, these messages are the beginning of what we know today as emojis. Despite their triviality, they have expanded beyond anyone’s belief. To clarify, this emoticon NFT has great hisotrical value.
Basically, the buyer of the NFT will have proof of ownership of the original message. Scott E Fahlman said, “This idea went viral long before going viral was a thing.” Guinness World Records recognised Fahlman as the first creator of the digital emoticon.
The Auction of the Original Emoticon NFTs
The auction for the original emoticon NFTs is being held on Fine Art Auction house, Heritage Auctions , who are based out of Dallas, USA. Reportedly, it began on the 8th of September, with a starting bid of $1000. It’s on for almost the whole month but closes on the 23rd of September. At the present time, the bid sits at $10,001 with 11 days remaining. The highest bidder receives the 3000 x 2000 px MP4 file as an NFT which confirms full ownership of the message.