Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Mints NFTs from Prison

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Internet Legend Ross Ulbricht Mints NFT for Charity

Ross Ulbricht, who is serving a life sentence for running the black-market website Silk Road, is auctioning NFTs for charity, according to a BlockWorks story this week, and a group demanding his release wants to bid on his creations. Until Wednesday, the SuperRare platform will be up for bidding on 10 non-fungible tokens created by Ulbricht. Based on ETH’s current price, the auction’s highest bid is 666, or roughly $2.6 million.

The Ross Ulbricht Genesis Collection contains NFTs of graphite pencil drawings and poetry that date from his early youth until his time in prison. Ulbricht, who was arrested in 2013 and imprisoned in 2015, wrote in a blog post this week that he first learnt about NFTs after being told that he should sell his work online.

“I was able to connect to those of you in the free world through my art. The isolation I felt was tempered by it” he penned

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Ulbricht’s mother, Lyn Ulbricht, recently indicated on Twitter that revenues from the NFT sale will be donated to charity, with a focus on “helping the incarcerated” according to BlockWorks. Silk Road was shut down in 2013 after acquiring a reputation as an online drug marketplace that settled transactions in bitcoin.

Meanwhile, the FreeRossDAO was established by a group of cryptocurrency investors with the intention of gathering funds to purchase the Genesis Collection and protest what they believe are injustices in the American jail system. 

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