Kalush Orchestra have auctioned off their Eurovision trophy, as they promised. The glass microphone has raised a total sum of $900,000. The Ukrainian Eurovision winners have announced the news on their Facebook page.
Whitebit buys Kalush Orchestra’s Eurovision trophy
In the post, Kalush Orchestra share their appreciation for everyone who has taken part in the bidding process. The eventual winning bid came from a company called WhiteBit. They are a company specialised in the trade of cryptocurrency. Their goal is to expand the cryptocurrency community and create a safe way for blockchain trading to spread. The owners are Vladimir Nosov and Oleg Kayin, from Estonia and Ukraine.
In their Facebook post, Kalush Orchestra say:
Friends, you are incredible!
We are grateful to each and every one of you who has donated to this auction – especially to the WhiteBit Team who have bought the trophy for $900,000 and have since become the owners of the trophy. 🏆
Subscribe to them, they really deserve it 💪
Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Armed Forces 🇺🇦Kalush Orchestra on Facebook
Funds go to Serhiy Prytula
The “Stefania” singers announced their idea to auction off the trophy shortly after their victory. According to NEXTA, Kalush Orchestra will donate the proceeds to Serhiy Prytula. Prytula is a 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 suggests the money raised by the auction for the Eurovision trophy will be used to purchase drones for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Alongside the auction for the trophy, Kalush Orchestra also sold copies of the iconic pink fisherman’s hat Oleh Psiuk has been wearing. The hats were for sale at $5 each, but Kalush haven’t announced how many they sold.
What do you think about the money raised by auctioning off the trophy? Let us know! Be sure to stay updated by following @ESCXTRA on Twitter, @escxtra on Instagram and liking our Facebook page for the latest updates! Also, make sure you follow us on Spotify for the latest music from your favourite Eurovision acts.