Puzzle painting that hid 5 Bitcoins may have been cracked

“The Legend of Satoshi Nakamoto” is a series of Bitcoin puzzle created to credit the creator of Bitcoin. One those puzzles is a painting and is the third in the series. It was created by a person known as by @coin_artist on Twitter.

The painting contained the private key to a wallet containing 4.87 Bitcoins. On November 17 last year, someone else deposited .125 Bitcoin, bringing the total to 5 Bitcoins. However, 1FLAMEN6 — the public addresses containing the five Bitcoins was finally emptied on  Wednesday. This shows that someone has cracked the puzzle. However, the person has not yet come forward.

The cryptic painting became a center of focus for being another mystery that may have revealed existence of a Bitcoin siphon that steals small amounts of Bitcoins. It is a point of fascination among Bitcoin enthusiasts. For instance the address was one of the most veiw. The post that announced it is one of the most popular at Bitcointalk in the history of the forum.

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@Coin_artist  told Motherboard that the puzzle was solved. He sent a screenshot to Motherboard about it. The screenshot shows that the painter was alert of the resolution of the puzzle by someone else other than the solver. The person who alerted him received some rewards from the solver for his assistance on solving the puzzle.

@coin_artist told me in a direct message on Twitter,

“I’m really hoping the solver will come forward with the solution! It’s tradition that the solvers come forward with a post about how they cracked the puzzles”.

If the solver does not come forward in a few days, he will release a walk through of the puzzle.

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David Kariuki is a journalist who has a wide range of experience reporting about modern technology solutions including cryptocurrencies. A graduate of Kenya's Moi University, he also writes for Hypergrid Business, Cryptomorrow, and Cleanleap, and has previously worked for Resources Quarterly and Construction Review magazines.

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