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Eurovision Trophy Auctioned to Help Ukraine

Eurovision Trophy Auctioned to Help Ukraine

Monday, 30 May, 2022 - 09:45
Kalush Orchestra, the winners of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, hold a news conference, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Lviv, Ukraine May 17, 2022. (Reuters)

The Ukrainian band that won the Eurovision Song Contest said it has sold the trophy at auction to raise funds to buy equipment for the Ukrainian military.

Kalush Orchestra revealed on social media that the trophy was sold in the online auction late Sunday for $900,000 to a cryptocurrency group during a live-streamed fundraising event.

"Friends, you are unreal!," Kalush Orchestra said in an Instagram post. "Thanks to everyone who donated."

Serhiy Prytula, a Ukrainian TV presenter who hosted the auction, said on Twitter that a further 11 million hryvnia ($370,000) was raised in an online raffle for the pink bucket hat which Kalush Orchestra frontman Oleh Psiuk wore during the Eurovision performance.

He said the hat was won by a man in the Czech Republic. Prytula said the funds would be used to buy a drone.

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