FTX Group has filed for Chapter 11 chapter within the US, and clients have been scrambling to get their cash off the platform — by any means mandatory.

The crypto change had re-enabled withdrawals on Thursday, however solely within the Bahamas, the situation of its headquarters and plenty of workers. 

Some customers with no Bahamian account themselves discovered a approach to circumvent the system through the use of FTX’s NFT market.

{The marketplace} tracked over $50 million in quantity up to now 24 hours regardless of a Bahamas securities regulator freezing the belongings of native subsidiary FTX Digital Markets (FDM).

Bahamian residents have been shopping for NFTs on the FTX market at inflated costs and withdrawing the money for non-residents, UpOnlyTV host Cobie tweeted.

A more in-depth have a look at collections on {the marketplace} confirmed some excessive worth jumps for some in any other case unremarkable NFTs. 

As an illustration, on Nov. 10, FTX Crypto Cup 2022 Key #25162 offered for $2.5 million when days earlier the NFTs on this assortment have been being traded for lower than $1. Exercise for the gathering picked up solely between Nov. 10 and Nov. 11 when it noticed dozens of trades within the six and 7 digit vary. 

FTX Crypto Cup NFT sales
FTX Crypto Cup NFT gross sales

The Nice Ape assortment and its Ape Artwork NFTs noticed its first bounce from $1 to a $500 commerce, whereas the costliest Ape Artwork #312 went for a $10 million bid and commerce on Friday.   

Ape Art NFT sales
Ape Artwork NFT gross sales

One consumer, AlgodTrading, was lambasted by crypto Twitter for providing a 100K charge to anybody that would assist him “KYC on FTX.” Nonetheless, he responded to the screenshot, claiming that he didn’t “purchase any discounted claims/belongings or accounts” and that “these rumors are false.”

The identities of these behind the Bahamian accounts serving to non-residents is unknown, and the legalities round this are unclear.  

The FTX.com web site states that “depositing and minting of NFTs isn’t supported on FTX Worldwide” and is directing customers to its FTX US NFT market.

Whereas bids proceed to be positioned on FTX Worldwide’s NFT market, the final commerce occurred at 2:47 AM ET on Nov. 11 for a FTX Crypto Cup 2022 Key NFT for $500, indicating this exit ramp is not out there.

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  • Ornella Hernandez



    Ornella is a Miami-based multimedia journalist protecting NFTs, the metaverse and DeFi. Previous to becoming a member of Blockworks, she reported for Cointelegraph and has additionally labored for TV shops akin to CNBC and Telemundo. She initially started investing in ethereum after listening to about it from her dad and hasn’t regarded again. She speaks English, Spanish, French and Italian. Contact Ornella at [email protected]

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