On March 5, the U.S. Marshals Service auctioned 50,000 bitcoins seized in relation to the case involving the black market website Silk Road. Three individuals – out of the 14 registered bidders – were the winning bidders. At this time, the bidders have not been officially identified, but reports indicate that one bidder received 27,000, another received 20,000, and a third received 3,000 bitcoins. This was the third auction by the U.S. Marshals Service and more are expected.