The US government on Monday announced that it is auctioning the last remaining Bitcoins belonging to the now-defunct underground marketplace Silk Road.
According to the US Marshal Service’s (USMS) press release, the auction of 44,341 Bitcoins (nearly $1.5 million at press time) will take place on November 5 this year, from 8 am to 2 pm. The Bitcoins will be offered in 22 blocks: 21 blocks of 2,000 Bitcoins and 1 block of around 2,341 Bitcoins. The auction winners will be announced the very next day — on November 6.
The agency further stated:
“The registration period starts Oct. 19 and runs until noon Nov. 2, at which time potential bidders must have completed all registration requirements. Registration documents that were submitted for the Marshals’ previous bitcoin auctions are not valid for this auction; interested bidders must submit new registration documents to be considered for this auction.”
The USMS had seized around 144,000 BTC from Silk Road’s convicted operator Ross Ulbricht during a raid in 2013. Since then, the agency has liquidated the money in two different auctions. The first auction, held in June 2014, was able to sell off 30,000 Bitcoins to renowned venture capitalist Tim Draper; while the second