Volodymyr Zelensky's iconic fleece sold for $110,000 in Ukraine fundraiser
- Volodymyr Zelensky's famous khaki fleece was sold for $110,000 at a Ukraine fundraiser
- The fundraiser was hosted by the UK and Boris Johnson urged heavy spending
- It included several items associated with the war in Ukraine
President Volodymyr Zelensky's famous khaki fleece, which he wore while touring Kyiv when it was under Russian siege, was sold for $110,000 (£90,000) at a fundraising auction for Ukraine that was held in London.
The item, which was signed by the Ukrainian President, was listed at a price of £50,000, but the Telegraph reported that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested that the item should go for a much higher price as he urged people to spend big to raise funds for war-torn Ukraine's fight against Russia.
"Whether you are bidding for Volodymyr's fleece – a snip at £50,000, I want much higher bids than that, or you are bidding for a tour of Kyiv with Mayor Klitschko, I have had a tour of Kyiv with Mayor Klitschko, it's a beautiful city. Well worth it, dig deep," the Telegraph quoted Johnson as saying.
"Support Ukraine tonight my friends so that great ancient European capital Kyiv can never be threatened again, and that Ukraine can be whole and free once more," the British Prime Minister added.
Zelensky himself gave a speech at the auction prior to the start of bidding, praising the UK and "brave Boris" for their help in the war against Russia.
The Ukrainian President, an actor-turned-politician, was thrust into the global limelight after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his troops to march into Ukraine on February 24, and footage of the 44-year-old in green fatigues have since captured global imagination as a symbol of resilience against Russian aggression.
Apart from the fleece, the auction contained several other items, including a cockerel jug presented to Johnson during his surprise visit to Kyiv, and a guided tour of battered Kyiv by Mayor Vitali Klitschko.