Boxing Champion Wladmir Klitschko and WhIsBe Launch NFT Collection for Ukraine

Written By Simon Mwebaze

Wladimir Klitschko is not only showing his bravery on the frontline of defending Kyiv, but has joined forces with best-selling artist WhIsBe to create the NFT series, Vandalz for Ukraine: Whisbe x Wladimir Klitschko NFT collection in support of the Ukrainian cause. 

Metacurio, a leader in the NFT creative agency world for A-list talent and global brands, will manage the collaboration. 

In 2020, WhIsBe entered the NFT scene and rose to popularity for selling the first non-auction seven-figure NFT, placing him among the Top 10 NFT artists globally. Klitschko is a two-time heavyweight boxing champion and one of the longest-reigning heavyweight champions of the world. 

The collaboration led to the creation of four NFT editions of WhIsBe’s “Vandal Gummy” bears in blue and yellow, the Ukrainian flag colors. The four editions range from satin to chrome, with prices ranging from $100 for satin to $1,000 for gloss and $10,000 for translucent. Thus far, the highest bid for the final chrome version is $260,000 (100WETH). 

The NFTs can be accessed on OpenSea for three weeks (beginning March 8) with all NFT proceeds going to the Red Cross, UNICEF and local relief funds. 

NFTs and Crypto have become a great funding alternative for channeling support to Ukraine during the current conflict. Many celebrities, organizations and ordinary people are showing their support through cryptocurrency and NFT donations to provide resources to Ukrainians. 

In fact, Cypto donations to the Ukraine cause have now surpassed $50 million. The most received crypto formats include Bitcoin, Ether, Tether and NFTs.

The most outstanding crypto and NFT donations include a Ukrainian flag NFT that sold for $6.75 million on March 2. Gavin Wood, Polkadot’s founder, donated $5 million worth of DOT and Zeneca, an NFT influencer and collector, donated 11.11 ETH.

With the current hurdles of conventional funding methods, NFTs and cryptocurrencies have become an awesome lifeline to bring support to Ukraine.

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