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Eurovision Song Contest winners Kalush Orchestra have auctioned off their trophy to raise funds for the Ukrainian military.

The band, whose song Stefania triumphed in Turin earlier this month, said they raised $900,000 (£713,000) by auctioning off the glass microphone, and a further $370,000 (£293,000) by shooting at the pulls out the pink bucket hat that Oleh Psiuk was wearing. during the performance.

The winning bid for the trophy was awarded to Whitebit, a cryptocurrency exchange, and came in the form of 500 Ethereum.

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Writing on Facebook, the group said: “You are amazing!

“We appreciate each of you who donated to this auction and a special thank you to Team Whitebit who purchased the trophy for $900,000 and are now the rightful owners of our trophy.”

Sunday’s auction was hosted by Ukrainian TV presenter Serhiy Prytula and the money will go to his charity fund, which raises money for the Ukrainian military in its battle against invading Russian forces.

Offers were accepted in both cryptocurrency and traditional currencies.

Mr Prytula said there were 31,088 entries in the hat raffle and the winner was in the Czech Republic.

Kalush Orchestra, which was fighting as part of the Ukrainian resistance just weeks before Eurovision, received support from across Europe for its performance.

They beat Britain’s Sam Ryder to second place, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky saying the country will host the contest in Mariupol next year.

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This notice was published: 2022-05-30 08:23:17

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