Between December 2017 and January 2018, 34,356 parcels of land were sold in a single real estate auction in a single city to buyers from all over the world. The auction had a number of peculiar features. By far the most unusual was the fact that the real estate being sold did not exist in any traditional sense. It was virtual. These plots were being sold in a yet-to-be-created digital city accessible only through a browser, enhanced by a sophisticated marketplace and a proprietary cryptocurrency.