Heritage Auctions is partnering with computer scientist Scott Fahlman to offer a non-fungible token (better known as an NFT) containing The First Emoticons – a smiley face and a frown face. The auction launches Sept. 8 and closes Sept. 23 on HA.com. The First Emoticons NFT will open for bidding at $1,000.

That NFT will include the original message in which Fahlman proposed the use of 🙂 as a joke marker. Featuring an animated visual, this record of the message being typed mimics the same green text on black background as on the ADM-3A Lear Siegler terminal Fahlman used in 1982, keeping it as close to the historical record as possible.

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