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Original ‘Buy Bitcoin’ Sign

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Squirrekkywrath

16 BTC

$1,051,098.88

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Squirrekkywrath
April 24, 2024 11:10:01 PM UTC

1,600,000,000 sats

16 BTC

NoCBs
April 24, 2024 11:06:07 PM UTC

1,550,000,000 sats

15.5 BTC

Squirrekkywrath
April 24, 2024 11:06:08 PM UTC

1,500,000,000 sats

15 BTC

NoCBs
April 24, 2024 11:04:05 PM UTC

1,450,000,000 sats

14.5 BTC

Squirrekkywrath
April 24, 2024 11:04:06 PM UTC

1,400,000,000 sats

14 BTC

NoCBs
April 24, 2024 11:02:05 PM UTC

1,350,000,000 sats

13.5 BTC

Squirrekkywrath
April 24, 2024 11:02:06 PM UTC

1,300,000,000 sats

13 BTC

NoCBs
April 24, 2024 11:01:56 PM UTC

1,250,000,000 sats

12.5 BTC

Squirrekkywrath
April 24, 2024 11:01:57 PM UTC

1,200,000,000 sats

12 BTC

NoCBs
April 24, 2024 11:01:45 PM UTC

1,150,000,000 sats

11.5 BTC

NoCBs
April 24, 2024 11:01:57 PM UTC

1,050,000,000 sats

10.5 BTC

Squirrekkywrath
April 24, 2024 10:57:51 PM UTC

1,000,000,000 sats

10 BTC

NoCBs
April 24, 2024 10:57:33 PM UTC

975,000,000 sats

9.75 BTC

Squirrekkywrath
April 24, 2024 10:57:33 PM UTC

950,000,000 sats

9.5 BTC

NoCBs
April 24, 2024 10:52:13 PM UTC

925,000,000 sats

9.25 BTC

Squirrekkywrath
April 24, 2024 10:52:13 PM UTC

900,000,000 sats

9 BTC

NoCBs
April 24, 2024 10:51:22 PM UTC

825,000,000 sats

8.25 BTC

Squirrekkywrath
April 24, 2024 10:51:22 PM UTC

800,000,000 sats

8 BTC

NoCBs
April 24, 2024 10:50:56 PM UTC

675,000,000 sats

6.75 BTC

Squirrekkywrath
April 24, 2024 10:50:57 PM UTC

650,000,000 sats

6.5 BTC

NoCBs
April 24, 2024 10:50:31 PM UTC

625,000,000 sats

6.25 BTC

Squirrekkywrath
April 24, 2024 10:50:32 PM UTC

600,000,000 sats

6 BTC

NoCBs
April 24, 2024 10:50:17 PM UTC

575,000,000 sats

5.75 BTC

Squirrekkywrath
April 24, 2024 10:50:18 PM UTC

550,000,000 sats

5.5 BTC

NoCBs
April 24, 2024 10:49:44 PM UTC

525,000,000 sats

5.25 BTC

Squirrekkywrath
April 24, 2024 10:49:45 PM UTC

500,000,000 sats

5 BTC

NoCBs
April 24, 2024 10:49:31 PM UTC

490,000,000 sats

4.9 BTC

Squirrekkywrath
April 24, 2024 10:49:32 PM UTC

480,000,000 sats

4.8 BTC

NoCBs
April 24, 2024 10:36:57 PM UTC

470,000,000 sats

4.7 BTC

GotBitcoin
April 24, 2024 10:20:00 PM UTC

460,000,000 sats

4.6 BTC

Squirrekkywrath
April 24, 2024 10:17:13 PM UTC

450,000,000 sats

4.5 BTC

GotBitcoin
April 24, 2024 10:17:14 PM UTC

450,000,000 sats

4.5 BTC

Squirrekkywrath
April 24, 2024 9:56:30 PM UTC

440,000,000 sats

4.4 BTC

GotBitcoin
April 24, 2024 9:52:28 PM UTC

430,000,000 sats

4.3 BTC

April 24, 2024 9:41:33 PM UTC

420,000,000 sats

4.2 BTC

Squirrekkywrath
April 24, 2024 8:00:14 PM UTC

410,000,000 sats

4.1 BTC

LovPepe
April 24, 2024 7:20:25 PM UTC

400,000,000 sats

4 BTC

Squirrekkywrath
April 24, 2024 6:31:14 PM UTC

380,000,000 sats

3.8 BTC

NoCBs
April 24, 2024 6:31:03 PM UTC

370,000,000 sats

3.7 BTC

Squirrekkywrath
April 24, 2024 6:31:04 PM UTC

360,000,000 sats

3.6 BTC

NoCBs
April 24, 2024 6:30:47 PM UTC

350,000,000 sats

3.5 BTC

Squirrekkywrath
April 24, 2024 6:30:48 PM UTC

340,000,000 sats

3.4 BTC

NoCBs
April 24, 2024 6:30:34 PM UTC

330,000,000 sats

3.3 BTC

Squirrekkywrath
April 24, 2024 6:30:35 PM UTC

320,000,000 sats

3.2 BTC

NoCBs
April 24, 2024 5:32:33 PM UTC

310,000,000 sats

3.1 BTC

April 24, 2024 5:32:34 PM UTC

300,000,000 sats

3 BTC

NoCBs
April 24, 2024 5:31:51 PM UTC

290,000,000 sats

2.9 BTC

April 24, 2024 5:31:52 PM UTC

280,000,000 sats

2.8 BTC

NoCBs
April 24, 2024 4:59:20 PM UTC

270,000,000 sats

2.7 BTC

Squirrekkywrath
April 24, 2024 3:49:33 PM UTC

260,000,000 sats

2.6 BTC

LovPepe
April 24, 2024 11:53:40 AM UTC

250,000,000 sats

2.5 BTC

April 23, 2024 8:35:36 AM UTC

220,000,000 sats

2.2 BTC

April 22, 2024 4:27:38 AM UTC

210,000,000 sats

2.1 BTC

April 22, 2024 4:27:11 AM UTC

200,000,000 sats

2 BTC

April 22, 2024 4:27:12 AM UTC

200,000,000 sats

2 BTC

April 22, 2024 4:27:01 AM UTC

195,000,000 sats

1.95 BTC

April 22, 2024 4:27:02 AM UTC

190,000,000 sats

1.9 BTC

April 22, 2024 4:26:07 AM UTC

185,000,000 sats

1.85 BTC

April 22, 2024 4:26:08 AM UTC

180,000,000 sats

1.8 BTC

April 22, 2024 4:25:58 AM UTC

175,000,000 sats

1.75 BTC

April 22, 2024 4:25:59 AM UTC

170,000,000 sats

1.7 BTC

April 22, 2024 4:25:07 AM UTC

165,000,000 sats

1.65 BTC

April 22, 2024 4:25:08 AM UTC

160,000,000 sats

1.6 BTC

April 22, 2024 4:24:35 AM UTC

155,000,000 sats

1.55 BTC

April 22, 2024 4:24:36 AM UTC

150,000,000 sats

1.5 BTC

April 22, 2024 4:24:08 AM UTC

145,000,000 sats

1.45 BTC

April 22, 2024 4:24:09 AM UTC

140,000,000 sats

1.4 BTC

April 22, 2024 4:23:40 AM UTC

135,000,000 sats

1.35 BTC

April 22, 2024 4:23:41 AM UTC

130,000,000 sats

1.3 BTC

April 22, 2024 12:05:57 AM UTC

125,000,000 sats

1.25 BTC

April 21, 2024 2:56:56 AM UTC

120,000,000 sats

1.2 BTC

April 21, 2024 2:22:29 AM UTC

115,000,000 sats

1.15 BTC

April 21, 2024 2:22:30 AM UTC

115,000,000 sats

1.15 BTC

April 21, 2024 1:24:12 AM UTC

110,000,000 sats

1.1 BTC

April 20, 2024 10:25:59 PM UTC

105,000,000 sats

1.05 BTC

April 20, 2024 5:05:41 PM UTC

100,000,000 sats

1 BTC

April 20, 2024 5:05:42 PM UTC

100,000,000 sats

1 BTC

April 20, 2024 5:05:28 PM UTC

97,500,000 sats

0.975 BTC

April 20, 2024 5:05:29 PM UTC

95,000,000 sats

0.95 BTC

April 20, 2024 3:20:40 PM UTC

92,500,000 sats

0.925 BTC

April 20, 2024 3:20:41 PM UTC

90,000,000 sats

0.9 BTC

April 20, 2024 1:34:18 PM UTC

87,500,000 sats

0.875 BTC

April 20, 2024 1:34:19 PM UTC

85,000,000 sats

0.85 BTC

April 20, 2024 12:35:03 AM UTC

82,500,000 sats

0.825 BTC

April 20, 2024 12:35:04 AM UTC

80,000,000 sats

0.8 BTC

April 19, 2024 11:13:13 PM UTC

77,500,000 sats

0.775 BTC

April 19, 2024 11:13:14 PM UTC

75,000,000 sats

0.75 BTC

April 19, 2024 10:14:00 PM UTC

72,500,000 sats

0.725 BTC

April 19, 2024 10:14:01 PM UTC

70,000,000 sats

0.7 BTC

April 19, 2024 10:13:46 PM UTC

67,500,000 sats

0.675 BTC

April 19, 2024 10:13:47 PM UTC

65,000,000 sats

0.65 BTC

April 19, 2024 10:13:41 PM UTC

62,500,000 sats

0.625 BTC

April 19, 2024 10:13:42 PM UTC

60,000,000 sats

0.6 BTC

April 19, 2024 10:13:25 PM UTC

57,500,000 sats

0.575 BTC

April 19, 2024 10:13:26 PM UTC

55,000,000 sats

0.55 BTC

April 18, 2024 6:07:45 PM UTC

52,500,000 sats

0.525 BTC

April 18, 2024 6:07:46 PM UTC

50,000,000 sats

0.5 BTC

April 18, 2024 4:51:43 PM UTC

27,000,000 sats

0.27 BTC

April 18, 2024 4:51:44 PM UTC

26,000,000 sats

0.26 BTC

April 18, 2024 4:48:48 PM UTC

25,000,000 sats

0.25 BTC

April 18, 2024 4:48:49 PM UTC

24,000,000 sats

0.24 BTC

April 18, 2024 4:48:38 PM UTC

23,000,000 sats

0.23 BTC

April 18, 2024 4:48:39 PM UTC

22,000,000 sats

0.22 BTC

April 18, 2024 4:39:29 PM UTC

21,000,000 sats

0.21 BTC

April 18, 2024 4:39:29 PM UTC

20,000,000 sats

0.2 BTC

April 18, 2024 4:37:29 PM UTC

16,000,000 sats

0.16 BTC

April 18, 2024 4:37:30 PM UTC

15,500,000 sats

0.155 BTC

April 18, 2024 4:35:39 PM UTC

15,000,000 sats

0.15 BTC

April 18, 2024 4:35:40 PM UTC

14,500,000 sats

0.145 BTC

April 18, 2024 4:35:15 PM UTC

14,000,000 sats

0.14 BTC

April 18, 2024 4:35:16 PM UTC

13,500,000 sats

0.135 BTC

April 18, 2024 4:34:01 PM UTC

13,000,000 sats

0.13 BTC

April 18, 2024 4:34:02 PM UTC

12,500,000 sats

0.125 BTC

April 18, 2024 4:33:31 PM UTC

12,000,000 sats

0.12 BTC

April 18, 2024 4:33:32 PM UTC

11,500,000 sats

0.115 BTC

April 18, 2024 4:26:24 PM UTC

11,000,000 sats

0.11 BTC

April 18, 2024 4:17:12 PM UTC

10,500,000 sats

0.105 BTC

Solocoin
April 18, 2024 4:12:28 PM UTC

10,000,000 sats

0.1 BTC

April 18, 2024 4:11:50 PM UTC

1,150,000 sats

0.0115 BTC

April 18, 2024 4:11:51 PM UTC

1,100,000 sats

0.011 BTC

April 18, 2024 4:10:49 PM UTC

1,050,000 sats

0.0105 BTC

April 18, 2024 4:01:19 PM UTC

1,000,000 sats

0.01 BTC

April 18, 2024 4:01:05 PM UTC

100,000 sats

0.001 BTC

April 18, 2024 4:00:42 PM UTC

75,000 sats

0.00075 BTC

April 18, 2024 4:00:31 PM UTC

50,000 sats

0.0005 BTC

April 18, 2024 4:00:07 PM UTC

25,000 sats

0.00025 BTC

Own The Original.

This is the original ‘Buy Bitcoin’ sign held behind Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen during her 2017 Congressional testimony.

Hastily drawn on a yellow legal pad, this iconic drawing marked Bitcoin’s intrusion into the global monetary landscape. The sign is one of few widely-recognized physical Bitcoin artifacts, given Bitcoin’s virtual nature. Beloved by Bitcoin enthusiasts, the sign has spawned countless memes, derivative works, and imitation stunts. Mrs. Yellen has maintained vocal criticism of Bitcoin.

The ‘Buy Bitcoin Sign’ is one of, if not the most legendary pieces of Bitcoin memorabilia. Up there with The Times Chancellor newspaper but who knows how many of those are out there.

- cryptograffiti

An unidentified man held up a sign saying “buy bitcoin” during Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s testimony Wednesday before the House Financial Services Committee. Bitcoin subsequently climbed toward session highs and traded 3.7 percent higher, at $2,418.46, as of 2:27 p.m. ET, according to CoinDesk. The unidentified bitcoin proponent, whose stunt was visible on television, was removed from the hearing room. Holding up the sign violates the House committee’s rules. Committee staffers told CNBC they didn’t know the man’s name.

- CNBC, News Article - July 12, 2017


Auction Events

Auction Start: Thursday, April 18, 12 pm ET (16:00 UTC)

Auction End: Wednesday, April 24, 7 pm ET (23:00 UTC)

Pubkey Bar in NYC will host the auction ending at 6pm at 7pm on Wednesday April 24th. The sign will be on public display at Pubkey throughout the auction.


Artist Statement

When Bitcoiners ask me about the sign, I tell them, “You’d have done the same in my seat.” Yes, only I attended the hearing, drew the sign, and flashed it for the camera. However, it was the network spirit which seized the image and fabricated the memes. The full poetry of the stunt was far beyond my devising, therefore, my attitude can only be one of post-authorship. Bitcoin was massively rupturing into the halls of institutional finance in 2017. Any Bitcoiner worth their sats would have told you so. It’s good to finally liberate this number from my sock drawer and offer it back to the Bitcoin public. The message was subversive then, but now merely obvious: Bitcoin is flowing. Control is dead.

- Christian Langalis, “Bitcoin Sign Guy”


Lot Description

The ‘Buy Bitcoin’ sign comes with its original yellow legal notepad containing notes on the hearing, monetary policy, Bitcoin, and also an unseen rough draft.

  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 11.75 (in)
  • Weight: 0.5lbs
  • Materials: Ink Drawing on Legal Pad

Note: The page with the sign drawing was removed from the notepad shortly after the hearing. It has since been reattached with clear archival wire.

Buyer may select a certificate of authenticity in the form of their choosing (paper certificate, timestamp, Ordinal, etc.).

No reserve.

Free worldwide shipping. Buyer has the option to purchase full coverage insurance.

Notes: A run of 21 replica editions was created in 2019. They have all sold out for an average realized price of 0.8 BTC. The works have been widely collected among the Bitcoin community, and have been found on display in the offices of Chaincode Labs, Castle Island Ventures, Morgan Creek, Pubkey NYC, Coin Center, Blockchain Capital, and Paradigm, and in the private homes of other high-profile Bitcoiners.

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