In 2017 we saw the infamous Fyre Fest music festival scam take place. Now all the leftover merchandise that was seized by U.S. Marshals is currently up for auction.

What was Fyre Fest?

  • Fyre Fest was advertised as a luxury music festival to take place on a secluded island in the Bahamas. Celebrities such as Kendall Jenner, Hailey Bieber, Bella Hadid and others promoted the event.
  • Event headliners were supposed to include 33 different artists, including Migos, Lil Yachty, Major Lazer and Blink-182.
  • Tickets were said to cost upwards of $100,000.
  • Ultimately, the whole thing was a scam, and when people arrived on the island they were stuck with none of things they were promised. Creator Billy McFarland was sentenced to six years in prison on counts of fraud of $26 million, according to CNBC.

What’s happening now?

  • 126 items including shirts, hats, wristbands, tokens and other items seized by the government are currently being auctioned off, according to CNN.
  • The action process will take place until Aug. 13, with all proceeds going toward the victims of McFarland’s crimes, per Rolling Stone.
  • According to the BBC, some of the items on auction are increasing in price quickly. A hat with the festival’s logo originally valued at $15 had received bids for more than $400.
  • “This Fyre Festival-branded clothing and other items that were seized from Billy McFarland were originally intended 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,” U.S. Marshal Ralph Sozio said in a statement, CNN reported.