Lamborghinis have long been the symbol of aspirational affluence within the cryptocurrency community. But it turns out that the ones parked outside Consensus this week didn't actually belong to anyone.
Lamborghinis have long been an aspirational symbol within the cryptocurrency community. So it made sense that several of the coveted Italian sports cars would make an appearance this week outside Consensus, New York's massive blockchain conference.
Onlookers first posted photos to Twitter of three gleaming Lamborghinis parked outside the Hilton Midtown Hotel in Manhattan early Monday morning.
But, as it turned out, the cars don't actually belong to any of the attendees.
Bloomberg reported the cars had been rented by the cryptocurrency exchange BitMex, and it's speculated that the company paid $1,000 apiece for the flashy stunts.
The staged Lambos weren't the only part of Consensus that was fake, either. A group of bankers protesting cryptocurrencies also turned out to be a marketing stunt for a mining company.