The US Marshals service announced that there are four winners to the latest bitcoin auction for confiscated Silk Road assets. The winners were not named, Reuters reports.

Spokeswoman for US Marshalls, Lynzey Donahue, said the winners got 4,000, 6,000, 10,000 and about 24,341 bitcoin respectively.

Earlier this week itBit bitcoin exchange said it won 10,000 bitcoins at the US Marshals auction.

Since the seizure of the Silk Road's bitcoins in October 2013, three auctions have been held: in June and December 2014 the sums of 30,000 BTC and 50,000 BTC respectively were put on sale, and the third auction of 50,000 BTC took place last March.

The first portion was won by the venture capitalist Tim Draper, while the majority of the second auction's coins were bought by the Bitcoin Investment Trust bidding syndicate, leaving Draper only remaining 2,000 BTC. 

The final auction to sell the bitcoins confiscated from the laptop of the Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht took place on 4 November. The auction included 21 blocks of 2,000 bitcoins each and one block of the remaining 2,341 bitcoins. Bids were accepted via email from pre-registered bidders.

The organisers promised to notify the winners by Friday. Over the weekend bitcoiners speculated about possible winners of the auction. So far, itBit is the only participant to claim the win. Meanwhile the price of bitcoin remains unstable. It plunged to $310 but then gained momentum and went up to $340.


Roman Korizky