Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra, the winners of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, have sold their Eurovision trophy at a charity auction for $900,000 and will use the money to buy three Military drones for the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Kalush Orchestra announced through their Facebook profile that they sell their Eurovision trophy through auction for $900,000. The buyer of the trophy is the company WhiteBit, from which came the eventual winning bid.
The owners of the company are Vladimir Nosov and Oleg Kayin, from Estonia and Ukraine respectively. The company is specialised in the trade of cryptocurrency and their target is to expand the cryptocurrency community and create a safe way for blockchain trading to spread.
In the post, Kalush Orchestra share their appreciation for everyone who has taken part in the auction
In their Facebook post, Kalush Orchestra say:
“Friends, you are incredible! We are grateful to each of you who donated money to this auction, and especially to the Whitebit team who bought the trophy for $900,000 and have now become the owners of our trophy. Subscribe to them, they really deserve it. Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” the post reads.
Kalush Orchestra wanted to auction off their Eurovision trophy for EUR 1 million and use the funds to purchase a set of three PD-2 drones.
The funded money will go to Serhiy Prytula, according to Nexta. Serhiy Prytula is an Ukrainian army volunteer who also coordinated the auction of the Eurovision trophy. In his self-titled foundation, he raises funds to support the Ukrainian army wherever they need help.
Nexta also reports that the funds will be used to purchase drones for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Kalush Orchestra also sold copies of the pink fisherman’s hat Oleh Psiuk has been wearing during the contest. The hats were for sale at $5 each, but it isn’t know how many copies are sold yet.