The legendary painting "Russian Warship, Go..." was sold at a charity auction to benefit the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The Vesely Family Charitable Foundation paid $18,000 for the iconic illustration.
"It's nice to be in touch with modern Ukrainian wartime art. Especially when the funds from the purchase of the painting will be used to bring the entire Russian army closer to the meeting with the famous ship," says Andriy Vesely, founder of the Foundation.
The auction was part of a charity gastro evening held on June 30 in Lviv as part of the "1000 Cars of Freedom" project. The funds raised at the auction will be used to purchase cars for the military, defending Ukraine from Russia.
In addition to the painting by the Crimean artist Borys Grokh, the Vesely Family Fund also purchased a stamp based on this painting. This brought another UAH 128,000 to the charity treasury. So, thanks to the auction, the event organisers raised more than UAH 356,000 and $18,000.
The famous picture and stamp with a Russian warship will now move to Drohobych. The Vesely Family Charitable Foundation promises to make the exhibits freely available so that Drogobych residents and guests of the city can see works that raise the Ukrainian fighting spirit during war.
Andriy Vesely created the Vesely Family Charitable Foundation in 2013 to implement social projects. In particular, to help military personnel and families of fallen defenders.
Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Russia, the Foundation has created a logistics hub in Drohobych, takes care of humanitarian aid for displaced persons, and provides material aid, personal protective equipment and transport for military units on the front line.