An artwork created from the world’s largest canvas sold for $ 62 million in Dubai, the second most expensive painting ever sold at auction by a living artist.
The original painting, The journey of humanity by British artist Sacha Jafri, he holds the Guinness World Record for the largest art canvas.
Painted on a large canvas on the floor of the ballroom of the Atlantis hotel in Dubai during the seven months of the coronavirus pandemic, the canvas was divided into 70 lots for sale.
They were all bought together by Andre Abdoune, a French citizen who lives in Dubai and runs a cryptocurrency business.
Jafri’s goal had been to raise $ 30 million for charities by auctioning 1,800 square meters of canvas in sections, but Abdoune submitted a bid for the complete work.
Abdoune said he is planning a “second step” for the painting, hoping to raise even more money for charity, without elaborating. For now, he intends to leave the painting in Dubai.
“The goal has always been to change the lives of children around the world and try to reconnect humanity,” said Jafri, who incorporated paintings into her work as children in more than 140 countries.
“The purity of intention that only children have, did something really powerful,” he said.
Charities to benefit include UNICEF, UNESCO, Global Gift Foundation, and Dubai Cares.
Jafri, who was in the United Arab Emirates when a coronavirus lockdown was imposed, came up with the concept for work with issues of connection and isolation.
He used 1,065 brushes and 6,300 liters of paint.
The most expensive painting by a living artist ever sold at auction was David Hockney’s 1972 painting. Portrait of an artist (pool with two figures) which in 2018 was sold for $ 90.3 million.
In March, a digital artwork sold for nearly $ 70 million in the first sale by a major auction house of an artwork that does not exist in physical form.