NV anniversary auction nets $330K for Ukrainian defenders

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A charity auction held on May 16 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of NV raised approximately $330,000 for the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The event featured unique items donated by Ukrainian soldiers, sports stars, and artists.

Highlights of the auction:

Flag of Freedom: This flag, originating from the 3rd Separate Assault Brigade and signed by all commanders near Avdiivka, was auctioned off. Known for its active role in both defensive and offensive operations in intense areas, the brigade is celebrated for raising the Ukrainian flag over liberated territories. The flag started at $253 and was purchased by Tomas Fiala, CEO of Dragon Capital investment company, for $50,693.

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Your Team: An opportunity to play a friendly soccer match with a team led by Okean Elzy bandleader Svyatoslav Vakarchuk and including figures such as Ukrainian Football Association President Andriy Shevchenko and NV editor-in-chief Vitaliy Sych was sold for $130,000 to businessman Andriy Zhurzhiy, from a starting bid of $5,000.

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True Resilience: A bottle of Italian red blend Sassicaia, which remarkably survived a direct Russian missile strike on a warehouse in Kyiv Oblast in March 2022, fetched $3,000, up from a $1,000 starting bid, sold to Tomas Fiala.

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American Hit: A piece of an American Hydra missile, now considered almost an art object, which had been used against Russian equipment and troops, went for $15,000 from a $5,000 starting price.

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National Treasure: "Natural Science" (2018), a painting by Ukrainian artist Roman Minin from Donetsk Oblast, was acquired for $55,000 by Ukrainian bank Monobank co-owner Oleh Horokhovskyi, from an initial $10,000.

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Additionally, a "secret" item started at $10,000 and achieved a final bid of $80,000.

The event, dubbed the Grand Evening, not only celebrated NV’s decade of influence but also aimed to bolster support for Ukraine’s military efforts.

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