Fyre Festival merchandise up for sale with proceeds to help victims

The chance to own a piece of event history – or infamy – has become available with “minor assets” from the disastrous Fyre Festival of 2017 up for sale.

The notorious festival in the Bahamas imploded three years ago, with merchandise now up for auction by the US Marshals Service.

Hoodies and baseball caps are among the 126 items from the festival being auctioned off, with proceeds going toward the victims of organiser and convicted fraudster Billy McFarland.

McFarland was sentenced to six years in prison after defrauding investors of US$26 million ($36 million).

“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,” US Marshal Ralph Sozio of the Southern District of New York said.

The lots ranged from US$10 ($14) — the minimum bid for sets of two wristbands — to US$300 ($420) for a baseball cap bearing the festival logo.

The auction, run by Texas-based Gaston & Sheehan, ends August 13.