Fyre Festival merchandise up for auction by US Marshals Service

Brunilde Fioravanti
Agosto 2, 2020

More than three years after the highly publicised Fyre Festival famously fizzled out in the Bahamas, merchandise and other "minor assets" are up for sale - courtesy of the US Marshals Service.

The items were initially meant to be sold at the music festival in the Bahamas but "were kept by McFarland, with the intent to sell the items and use the funds to commit further criminal acts while he was on pre-trial release", said U.S. Marshal Ralph Sozio of the Southern District of NY.

In a release Thursday, the US Marshals announced that 126 items from the festival will be auctioned off, with proceeds going toward the victims of Billy McFarland.

In 2018, organiser McFarland was convicted and sentenced to six years behind bars for defrauding investors of $26 million.

McFarland, 28, is now imprisoned in OH, serving a six-year prison sentence for fraud.

"This Fyre Festival-branded clothing and other items that were seized from Billy McFarland were originally meant to be sold at the Fyre Festival itself but were kept by McFarland, with the intent to sell the items and use the funds to commit further criminal acts while he was on pre-trial release", US Marshal Ralph Sozio of the Southern District of NY said in the release.

The disastrous festival was scheduled to take place over two weekends in April and May 2017.

Celebrities like Emily Ratajkowski and Kendall Jenner promoted it, and attendees paid thousands of dollars to stay in luxury accommodations and see bands like Blink 182. Lots for auction include Fyre "tokens" officially-branded hats and Fyre Festival clothing like jogger sweatpants and T-shirts.

The most popular lots include a baseball cap bearing the Fyre Festival logo, for which the current top bid is $US 300, and an aqua hoodie bearing the Bahamas flag and patterned sleeves.

Fraudulent merch from the ill-fated Fyre Festival is now up for sale at a Texas auction house.

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