(CTN News) – After his chaotic Twitter takeover, Elon Musk laid off thousands of employees, and some appear to have taken part of the company with them.
According to The Wall Street Journal, former data scientist Lauren Fratamico paid $500 for a light-up hashtag statue that had previously sat inside Twitter’s headquarters after launched a fire sale of office memorabilia in early 2023, after Musk laid her off after buying the platform.
Her home now displays it and she uses it for parties. “It emits heat,” she said. There’s definitely a heat problem and it’s not energy efficient.”
A few months after Elon Musk purchased Twitter for $44 billion and laid off thousands of employees, Twitter began auctioning off office equipment and merchandise.
There were also a variety of bird-themed furniture and signs, one of which is reported to have sold for $100,000.
Musk renamed the site X and ditched the iconic bird logo since then.
There have also been more workers fired and a “hardcore” work culture implemented by the billionaire. The asset manager Fidelity recently estimated that X’s value has dropped by 71% since Musk took over.
Despite a dip in advertising revenue, Musk explained in an X post last year that the company was still in negative cash flow.
Several ex-Twitter employees bought company art and memorabilia when Musk put it up for auction last year. A three-foot-tall hashtag statue was given to Jon Ball, who left the company in 2019.
Former Twitter employees who left the company before Musk took over also purchased artwork depicting Ellen DeGeneres’ viral Oscar selfie and the Obamas hugging after the 2012 election.
Strange objects remain unaccounted for in the office. A log cabin from Montana was disassembled and shipped to Twitter for use as a meeting space.