So what's the going rate for a giant Arcade Fire LED ball from Coachella?
Leave it to Arcade Fire to one-up the standard T-shirt as a concert souvenir. As many fans are no doubt aware by now, the act unleashed about 2,000 glowing beachball-like orbs upon the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival crowd. Those who snared one of the LED-enhanced spheres found themselves with an unexpected free piece of art, and it's never long these days before band-related loot makes its way to the secondary market.
So what's the value of a limited-edition LED beachball? Even those selling them seem unsure.
"I want to share the joy of having one of these LED balls from the Arcade Fire show at Coachella 2011," wrote one happy entrepreneur offering one of the balls for auction on EBay. "I'm not sure what it's worth so I'm starting the bid at a $0.01 with no reserve."
The beachballs were designed in partnership with director Chris Milk, Arcade Fire and Creator's Project, a partnership between Vice and Intel. The real-life installation-like project was dubbed "Summer into Dust." The beachballs are battery operated, and Creator's Project is asking fans to submit photos of their beachballs outside the Coachella environment.
The bidding in the EBay auction referenced above was at $41 after 14 bids. There are, however, some more ambitious sellers out there.
One dealer is asking for a starting bid of $899 for what's claimed to be an unused and unopen beachball, although there are no pics of the item, only the concert. There were zero bids as of the time of writing.
-- Todd Martens
Photo: The Arcade Fire's LED beachballs light up the Coachella crowd. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times