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Fyre Festival Merchandise Hits the Auction Block

The spectacular millennial beach disaster is long past. But now you can get your very own hat.

Fyre Festival Merchandise Hits the Auction Block

The spectacular millennial beach disaster is long past. But now you can get your very own hat.

Remnants of the failed Fyre Festival in Exuma, the Bahamas.

Remnants of the failed Fyre Festival in Exuma, the Bahamas.

Photographer: Scott McIntyre/The New York Times via Redux

Remnants of the failed Fyre Festival in Exuma, the Bahamas.

Photographer: Scott McIntyre/The New York Times via Redux

U.S. government auctions are not where people typically look for luxury festival merchandise. Well, would-be luxury, anyway.

But three years after the Fyre Festival—one of the most prolific event implosions in recent history—generated a class action lawsuittwo documentaries and a prosecution that landed its planner in prison, you can finally bid on collector’s items like ball caps and other paraphernalia online

The auction, which began this week, includes 126 items ranging from Fyre Festival hats, sweatpants and long-sleeved t-shirts to tokens and wristbands. Most feature various attempts at “Fyre” branding such as “Fyre Cay,” the name convicted organizer Billy McFarland gave the Bahamas location where the failed music festival didn’t, in the end, take place.

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Proceeds will go to victims of the fraud, which totaled more than $26 million, according to the Justice Department. The items were kept by McFarland with the intent to sell them “and use the funds to commit further criminal acts,” the government said in a statement announcing the auction.

The Fyre Festival was scheduled across two weekends in the spring of 2017. It had been hyped by influencers, but ended up going viral on social media for its shabby outcome. After wannabe revelers doled out thousands of dollars for tickets, they were met with FEMA tents, port-a-potties and less-than-haute cuisine.  

Billy McFarland
Billy McFarland, promoter of the failed Fyre Festival in the Bahamas, leaves Manhattan federal court after pleading guilty to wire fraud charges on March 6, 2018.
Photographer: Mark Lennihan/AP

McFarland, who pleaded guilty to fraud charges in 2018, is scheduled to be released from prison in 2023. 

The auction, hosted by Gaston & Sheehan auctioneers, is set to run through Aug. 13. It provides bidders two weeks to vie for the last remnants of the fraudulent festival. As of Friday afternoon, the bidding was far from making a dent in the multimillion dollar fraud: some sweatshirts and hats were bidding up to only a few hundred dollars.

Gregory Messer, trustee for the bankruptcy of companies tied to the festival, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.