Pop culture buffs can now bid on a piece of the infamous disaster known as the Fyre Festival in an auction of merchandise allegedly sold there. A baseball cap, clothing and even coins from the ill-fated 2017 event are available after US Marshals confiscated them from Billy McFarland.
Fyre Fest attendees had paid thousands of dollars for tickets to an upscale music festival that promised chic accommodations, gourmet food and a concert featuring Blink-182, Migos and other big names on a private island in the Bahamas. But when they arrived, they found themselves essentially trapped with unassembled tents, bread and sliced cheese and… none of that other stuff. It was over in a matter of hours, at least as soon as people could leave the island. The much-hyped event was in such stark contrast to what people had been promised that McFarland was convicted of two types of wire transfer fraud for organizing it. He is currently serving a six-year prison sentence.
Enter the merch that never got into the hands of attendees. US Marshal Ralph Sozio, of New York’s Southern District, said McFarland originally planned to sell it at the festival. When that failed, “[the items] were held by McFarland with the intent to sell the items and use the money to commit further criminal acts while awaiting release,” Sozio said. “Proceeds from the sale of these items, all traced to McFarland’s $26 million fraud, will go to the victims of his crimes.”
The online auction of 126 items will run through August 13, so there’s still plenty of time to get your hands on a pair of Fyre Fest sweatpants. But judging by the bids registered so far – the auction opened on July 30 – there are already some clear favorites.
As of Tuesday morning, the items that brought in the highest offers — $405 each — were a white crew-neck sweatshirt with a striped Fyre logo and a simple, black baseball cap.
The most popular item was an aqua hoodie, which had 59 bids. The highest of these was $395.
Colorful sweatpants from the Fyre Festival brand had fetched a bid of $300.
The smallest items on sale include Fyre Festival wristbands and tokens. The cheapest lot available at one point even included a pack of two wristbands for $22.
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