According to an announcement posted Wednesday on the agency's website, the GSA is offering commission-free bidding on 6.79 BTC, divided into 10 lots. On Thursday, bitcoin was changing hands around $50,800, so the total amount set for auction works out to roughly $345,000. The auction will take place on the GSA Auctions website, starting on March 29 at 5 p.m. ET.
"Get ready for cryptocurrency spring fever on GSA Auctions," according to the press release. "It’s time to let your bitcoin portfolio bloom by placing a winning bid during GSA Auctions’ upcoming cryptocurrency sale."
The auction comes just weeks after the GSA conducted its first auction of bitcoin – a chunk of 0.7501 BTC that went for $53,104.
- While the federal government has been auctioning bitcoin since 2014, this will be the second time cryptocurrency is being sold using GSA Auctions.
- “Our first steps wading into the cryptocurrency market quickly became one of our hottest auctions of 2021, but it was really just a test run for our latest bitcoin auction,” Thomas Meiron, regional commissioner for GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, said in the press release.
- “We expect this auction will generate even more excitement among cryptocurrency investors,” Meiron said.
- According to the press release, GSA Auctions is a service of the U.S. General Service Administration that serves as the government's online clearinghouse for federally owned assets and equipment such as office furniture, vehicles, scientific equipment and collectibles.
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