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Russians wanted to disrupt Banksy's auction in support of Ukraine

Jan 11, 2023

The online auction of Banksy prints for Ukraine has become the object of thousands of "hostile attacks" from Russia. The charitable organization Legacy of War Foundation recorded 3500 illegal registrations from Russian IP addresses.


It is reported by RBC-Ukraine with reference to The Guardian.

Banksy, a world-renowned graffiti artist, originally announced a set of 50 new limited-edition stencils through the Legacy of War Foundation to raise funds to support "our friends in Ukraine."

"I made 50 of these screenprints and all proceeds go to our friends in Ukraine," he wrote on his Instagram account.

Fans had to register online to receive the prints, which depict a mouse sliding down the wall of a box with the words "Fragile" written on it, and cost £5,000 each. But, according to the Legacy of War Foundation, there was a problem with illegal registration.

"We are currently reviewing the registered entries and will notify successful applicants shortly... Thank you for your support. The site has received more than 1 million requests (and 3500 hostile attacks from Russian IP addresses), so we appreciate your patience now," the charity said in a statement.

According to the foundation, each print is unique, as the mouse scratches on each were made by Banksy himself using a sharpened pizza cutter. Each print is signed and numbered, and they are limited to one per customer.

The proceeds from the prints will be used to purchase new ambulances and support vehicles that will be used to rescue people with disabilities, the elderly and civilians.

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 11/01/2023

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