The New Zealand dark web market makes history as it sells the rare and prolific paintings for the first time. According to a report by Wired on November 23, dark net vendor announces the listing of a treasured national painting being sold on the white shadow marketplace. Jim Wheeler, a cyber expert and CEO of ReSolve Cyber, found the painting. Unlike the hacking and selling of other products, the selling of this unique fine art by the dark web market was unexpected.
A painting by Gottfried Lindauer a Bohemian prolific portrait painter is being auctioned by a dark web vendor. This is one of the two precious rare and valuable paintings which was preserved in the New Zealand international Art Center; the Auckland gallery. Surprisingly, the art is now on the dark web on sale for £500,000 ($666,775).
The painting is out in the dark web market after being stolen in Auckland, New Zealand during April 2017; the auction is open until December 28, 2017. Beware that the painting was stolen as the article headline emphasizes since the police are tracking down the thieves.
The Lindauer paintings on sale is an original listing of an iconic artist and painter, Chief Ngatai–Raure a 133-year-old man, who is also known to have done oil painting on the depiction of Lindauer’s work. Among other things sold by dark web criminals, this is one of a kind artwork, a conservatory which is new in dark web territory.
An art gallery by Auckland appealed the greatness of Lindauer’s work in an exhibition that took place this year. To possess this original and valuable painting, you are required to place a bid first for selection by the seller. You will find the advertisement in a white shadow market. After bidding, a seller by the name Diabolo will release the results and read the listings.
Today, the painting has been at auction for bitcoin for four weeks. Already, there are three bids placed on the site. The highest bid is approximately 35.1129 bitcoin, equivalent to £216,000 ($288,046). However, the instant price for the painting is marked to be £500,000 ($666,775).
According to the seller’s quoted price, the painting is not targeted at 99 percent of dark web users only as they may not afford this amount. It is therefore open to both the government and other interested rich people. After making the purchase, the artwork shall be packaged in a ‘genuine’ wooden box.
Selling the second painting is yet to take place as soon as the first one has been sold. According to Diabolo the seller, the artwork is an original painting on an etched glass made framing but there is some doubt that the pieces are genuine, as Hamish Coney, the managing director of the Art and Object gallery in New Zealand says, “The frame appears to differ from the frame within which the works were originally offered/illustrated – in New Zealand the carved black frames are usually referred to as Goldie frames. The frame in the image [listed with the auction] is either photoshopped or added later.”