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$39 Mln Worth of Bitcoin (BTC) Sold to One of Winning Bidders by US Marshals

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Fri, 02/21/2020 - 17:59
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Alex Dovbnya
The United States Marshals Service has wrapped up its eighth Bitcoin sale with one of the winning bidders buying nearly $40 mln worth of BTC
$39 Mln Worth of Bitcoin (BTC) Sold to One of Winning Bidders by US Marshals
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The United States Marshals Service sold 3,991 Bitcoins (around $38.8 mln) to one of the two winning bidders. The other one got the remaining 50 BTC that were up for auction. 

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Another batch of sold coins  

The federal law enforcement agency made an announcement about auctioning off about 40,000 confiscated coins on Feb. 1. All bidders were required to deposit $200,000 over a nine-day registration period. 

The auction took place on Feb. 18 with a total of 38 received bids. It took the US Marshals more than two days to announce the final results due to a complicated review process.  

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Not the best Bitcoin holder 

The US government has auctioned off 185,230 BTC over the span of six years, gaining $151.4 mln from its sales. Casa CTO Jameson Lopp recently estimated that the US Marshals had lost around $1.7 bln by selling its holdings way too early. 

Venture capitalist Tim Draper, who was the winner of the very first auction, was ridiculed for buying 29,657 BTC in 2014, but he eventually got the last laugh.  

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at alex.dovbnya@u.today.