U.S. Marshals to Auction 2,170 Bitcoin
Scheduled for March 19, the U.S. Marshals will auction off 2,170 Bitcoins, which is currently worth over $25M USD, at market value. Those who wish to bid must first submit a hefty $200K deposit and complete registration by March 14. The auction is segmented into 14 separate blocks listed as such: (the link to the U.S. Marshals auction page is listed in the caption)
According to the auction information, all of these were confiscated through "...various federal criminal, civil and administrative cases." The available coins were provided via the DEA and ATF. More notably, some of the Bitcoin available in the auction were those recovered from Shaun Bridges, the ex-secret service agent who infamously stole Bitcoin gathered during his investigation and take down of the infamous Silk Road market.
While final bid prices of previous Marshal-auctioned Bitcoins were not released, it was stated the bidding was very competitive, and was participated in by many interested parties. With the constant growth of Bitcoin, this could be an opportunity for an ambitious investor, or group of investors (which is allowed per the auction rules) to gain a large piece of the Bitcoin pie, at a discounted price.