The New York Times: Eurovision Winners Auction Off Trophy to Support Ukraine’s Army

Kalush Orchestra, the Ukrainian band that won Eurovision after sweeping the phone-in popular vote, put its trophy and the pink bucket hat worn by its lead singer during the contest up for auction, and the items netted more than $1.2 million.

  • WhiteBIT, a cryptocurrency exchange platform originally from Ukraine, secured the trophy on Sunday for $900,000 following competing bids in the last minutes of the auction from businessmen from Kalush — the Ukrainian city Mr. Psiuk is from — and a charity fund from Washington.
  • The money is going to the Serhiy Prytula Charity Foundation, an organization founded by a Ukrainian TV presenter, and will be used to buy three drones that the army can use for surveillance.

“It’s a big amount, but we understand that the aim is much bigger,” said Margarita Populan, a spokeswoman at WhiteBIT, adding that her company had worked to provide and coordinate support for Ukraine since the beginning of the war.

 

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Kalush Orchestra with its Eurovision trophy in Krakovets, Ukraine, near the Polish border.
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