The auction of 29,656 bitcoins, part of more than 144,000 the FBI transferred to US Marshals Service after shutting down the Silk Road marketplace and arresting its operator last year, represents a rare opportunity to secure a large amount of the virtual currency.

US government auction of bitcoins attests to virtual currency's appeal

Despite the plunge in the virtual currency's value, investors are lining up for US sale

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The auction of 29,656 bitcoins, part of more than 144,000 the FBI transferred to US Marshals Service after shutting down the Silk Road marketplace and arresting its operator last year, represents a rare opportunity to secure a large amount of the virtual currency.
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