One week ago, the US government’s plan to sell around 0.7501 Bitcoin broke out, which caused controversies amongst people. Despite the authorities’ sales of the crypto, it doesn’t mean that the United States is changing its outlook on digital assets, especially terrorism funding and money laundering. The asset was auctioned with a series of other items at the suction.
The crypto was also bought at over 20% of its market value, showing how heavy the demand for Bitcoin is growing. Apart from America’s auction, France also organized an auction, where It sold the digital asset far above its market price. It’s surprised people that holders were buying the assets at a higher price than it’s worth.
US division sells Bitcoin through auction
The US General Service Administration is the department behind the recent sale, has officially closed the Bitcoin auction. The body sold the asset at a 21% premium, meaning that it was sold for 21% of the actual market value. The bidders were determined to buy the asset as the crypto was eventually sold for around $53,104.
The buyer bought the asset at an impressive premium of 20%, with one of the assets retailing for around $55,000 during the auction. It was a strong battle between the interested bidders as they reportedly added significant amounts to win the bid.
The winner eventually added over $8,000 to win the bid, which excited people in the digital asset space. People explained via social media that the digital asset culture was here to stay. A member of the agency explained how to please the body was with enthusiasm from bidders interested in the cryptocurrency.
He added that the auction broke new grounds for the US General Service Administration. Many people within the space anticipated the asset’s official sales after the division announced the auction one week ago. Besides Bitcoin, other seized items were available for auction, such as cars, storage, and a caterpillar.
France also sold Bitcoin at a premium
Unfortunately, the division did not give details on where the Bitcoin was gotten from, citing that it kept the information for privacy reasons. The country is known to be big on auctioning out cryptocurrencies gotten from criminals and has done this severally over the year.
The country started numerous auctioning in around 2014 and has sold thousands of Bitcoin through the US Marshal. The country doesn’t hold Bitcoin, meaning that it sells it after it confiscates it from criminals. Like in the French auction, the US-based auction sold the asset at a premium.
According to some sources, the bidder who bought the crypto in France bought the asset over five times its price, meaning that it purchased the crypto at around $300,000. Governments will continue to use the avenue to raise more money to fund their affairs while increasing people’s exposure to cryptocurrencies at large. While France and America are prominent in the crypto sales, other countries also auction out seized Bitcoin to bidders.