US Marshall Service To Auction Seized Fyre Festival Merchandise

Carla Harmon
August 3, 2020

Fyre Festival, an event that was to be the first of its kind, was set to take place over two weekends in 2017, on the picturesque island of Exuma in the Bahamas.

The 28-year-old entrepreneur was sentenced to a combined prison term of six years for fraud charges.

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 U.S. Marshals Service.

McFarland ended up acknowledging that he had defrauded investors of $26 million, while it was later uncovered that another $100,000 was collected in a fraudulent ticket scheme.

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.

Kendall Jenner has agreed to pay a $90,000 settlement for her involvement in promoting Fyre Festival on social media, according to a bankruptcy court filing.

The "luxury" event quickly became a disaster zone.

Many local businesses and workers were not paid, with one restaurant owner telling a Netflix documentary past year that she lost much of her life savings catering for the festival.

Bidding has since commenced through the Texas-based auction house Gaston & Sheehan and there seems to be legitimate interest in numerous items.

Baseball hats and shirts are fetching $300+ at auction. The items to be sold include a souvenir token engraved with the phrase "a conspiracy to change the entertainment", a cap, some long-sleeve t-shirts, a hoodie, jogger sweatpants, and a wristband for festival entry.

If you're keen to own a piece of Fyre Festival history, while also helping out some of the victims that suffered at the hand of Billy McFarland, Gaston & Sheehan will be hosting the auction from now until August 13th.

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