The microphone that Cardi B threw at an unruly fan last month in Las Vegas is now significantly more valuable than it once was, fetching nearly $100,000 in an eBay auction on Tuesday.
Scott Fisher, the proprietor of The Wave Inc, a Las Vegas-based audio production company that supplied sound equipment to Drai’s Beachclub on the day of the incident, initially offered the microphone for sale.
His company, which provides audio support to numerous nightclubs, has been providing audio equipment to Drai’s since their inaugural opening at the Cromwell Hotel over nine years ago, he told CBS News.
A fan threw liquid at Cardi B while she was performing on stage at a Las Vegas beach club on July 29. The incident was documented on cell phone video. The rapper hurled her microphone at the audience member in retaliation.
The admirer reported the incident to the police, but Cardi B was not charged.
Fisher ultimately recovered the microphone and auctioned it off, pledging the proceeds to two charities: Friendship Circle Las Vegas and the Wounded Warrior Project.
Because of how it was labeled and synchronized with Cardi B’s earpiece, he was able to confirm that the microphone, a Shure AD2 Axient Digital, was in fact the one thrown into the throng.
“It is standard practice to label all microphones and in-ear systems prior to soundcheck so that the same person receives the correct equipment during the performance,” Fisher told CBS News.
In addition, “there was white tape on Cardi B’s microphone in all the videos, and that’s how we knew it was hers.”
Fisher stated that he also checked with Drai’s sound technician to validate the microphone’s labeling—main—and the receiver with which it was synchronized.
According to the microphone’s eBay listing, it is functional and comes with a letter from Fisher certifying its authenticity, as well as a custom display case created by a company that heard about the microphone’s sale and volunteered to make one.
Over 120 individuals placed bids on the item.
Fisher stated that while he anticipated that the microphone would receive bids, he never imagined that the “icon of hip hop infamy” would fetch nearly $100,000. This microphone, which was not hurled by Cardi B, typically sells for close to $1,000.
“I hoped it would reach $5,000, but I had no idea,” said the small business owner. I anticipated that it would receive some national attention, but the quantity of news coverage has been astounding.