Kalush Orchestra won the 66th ESC in Turin in mid-May with the song “Stefania”. Now the winners have auctioned off their trophies – and thus generated almost a million dollars.

The Ukrainian winners of the Eurovision Song Contest have said they have auctioned their trophy to benefit their home country’s army. “A special thanks to Team Whitebit who bought the trophy for $900,000 and are now the legal owners of our trophy,” the band Kalush Orchestra said Sunday night. Whitebit is a Ukrainian company that operates a crypto exchange, i.e. an online trading platform on which cryptocurrencies can be bought, sold and exchanged. In the evening the band was also at the charity event “Save Ukraine –

ESC winners auction trophy

Kalush Orchestra won the 66th ESC in Turin in mid-May with the song “Stefania”. Especially in the audience ratings from all over Europe, the band was clearly ahead. Against the background of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, the clear victory was also taken as a signal of solidarity by audiences in dozens of countries. Russia had been excluded from the ESC because of the war.

Since 2008, the winning artists at the Eurovision Song Contest have been presented with a glass microphone trophy. This trophy was designed by the Swedish designer Kjell Engman. The songwriters of the winning title will receive a small copy of the trophy. The so-called mother trophy remains with the ESC organizers, the European Broadcasting Union. It is usually on display at the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) in the reception area of ​​their headquarters in Geneva.

The band’s auction sale through Sunday evening also included frontman Oleh Psjuk’s trademark – a pink bucket hat. Interested parties should donate at least five euros to have a chance of winning it. At the end of the raffle, a random number generator was used to determine who would receive the bucket hat. The entire proceeds from the donation will benefit the Ukrainian army via a foundation.