Pharrell Williams’ infamous Grammys hat has been sold to the highest bidder, according to a March 3 report from USA Today. The R& B singer’s oversized Vivienne Westwood hat, which became a fashion phenom after he wore it to the 2014 Grammys ceremony, sold for $44,100 on eBay. And, perhaps not so surprisingly, the winner of the deal was fast food chain Arby’s.
During last month’s Grammys ceremony, the official Arby’s Twitter account tweeted at Williams, “Can we have our hat back?"
Williams’ oversized brown headgear became an internet sensation after it debuted at the live awards show, drawing comparisons to everything from the Arby’s restaurant logo to Smokey the Bear’s hat. Others thought the hat resembled Woody’s hat from “Toy Story,” or the Sorting Hat from "Harry Potter.”
In an interview with CNN last month, Williams explained his choice of the Vivienne Westwood hat to interviewer Piers Morgan, revealing it was actually a nod to the early days of hip hop music.
“This was her [Westwood’s] ode to Malcolm McLaren and the '80s and where, you know, when hip-hop was just sort of, you know, showing its face to the world and the way that it was sort of penetrating all of the demographics," he said. "She was there very early on with Malcom McClaren and, you know, the 'Buffalo Stance' and the 'Buffalo Gals', and, that song was just like huge in all the neighborhoods of, you know, across America and respectively around the world."
The proceeds from the iconic hat's eBay sale will go to From One Hand to Another, a charity that helps children learn through technology and the arts.