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$230 Million: Mt. Gox Trustee Confirms Past Bitcoin Sell-Off

Bitcoin investors who have dutifully monitored cryptocurrency wallets associated with defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox for early warnings of a possible sell-off have been proven justified in their paranoia. According to a document published on the Mt. Gox website, Nobuaki Kobayashi, the exchange operator’s trustee, sold approximately 24,658 BTC and 25,331 BCH between the last creditor’s meeting on March 7 and the June 22 court ruling allowing the estate to exit bankruptcy and enter civil rehabilitation.

Altogether, the estate garnered just under 26 billion JPY, worth more than $230 million, recouping an average of about $8,100 per bitcoin and $1,190 per bitcoin cash compared to their current values at $6,420 and $438, respectively. Kobayashi said that the purpose of the sale was to secure the interests of all bankruptcy creditors, which was required before the estate could enter civil rehabilitation.

Kobayashi had previously disclosed selling more than $400 million worth of bitcoin and bitcoin cash over a six month period that correlated with the cryptocurrency market’s descent from its all-time high. He incurred significant criticism for the manner in which he conducted those sales. Rather than use an over-the-counter (OTC) broker like most large-scale buyers and sellers, he sold the funds on order-book exchanges, magnifying the impact that the sales would have on the spot bitcoin price.

Following those sales, CCN reported on several transfers out of Mt. Gox wallets, transactions collectively amounting to more than 24,000 BTC and BCH. Based on today’s disclosure, it is now safe to conclude that those transfers were likely made as part of the sale. According to the MtGox Cold Wallet Monitor, estate-controlled wallets are currently holding 137,891 BTC and BCH, worth $945 million at the present exchange rate. These funds were recovered after the exchange went bust in 2014 following a ~$470 million theft that remained the largest such incident until the Coincheck hack earlier this year.

$230 Million: Mt. Gox Trustee Confirms Past Bitcoin Sell-Off, CCN, Sep 25
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