Artwork from world’s largest canvas painting sells for $62 million in Dubai

DUBAI (Reuters) – A work of art made from the world’s largest canvas print sold for $ 62 million in Dubai. It is the second most expensive painting to be auctioned by a living artist.

The original painting “The Journey of Humanity” by British artist Sacha Jafri holds the Guinness World Record for the largest art canvas.

The canvas was painted on a large canvas in the ballroom of the Atlantis Hotel in Dubai over seven months after the coronavirus pandemic and split into 70 lots for sale.

They were all bought together by Andre Abdoune, a French national living in Dubai who runs a cryptocurrency business.

Jafri’s goal had been to raise $ 30 million for charity by auctioning off the 1,800 square feet of canvas in sections, but Abdoune made a bid for all of the work.

Abdoune said he was planning a “second step” for the painting, hoping to raise even more money for charity, without giving further details. For now he wants 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 included paintings by children from more than 140 countries in his work.

“The purity of intent that only children have has done something really powerful,” he said.

Charities include UNICEF, UNESCO, the Global Gift Foundation and Dubai Cares.

Jafri, who was in the United Arab Emirates when a coronavirus lockdown was imposed, developed the concept for working on issues such as connection and isolation.

He used 1,065 brushes and 6,300 liters of paint.

The most expensive painting by a living artist to sell at auction was David Hockney’s 1972 Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), which sold for $ 90.3 million in 2018.

In March, the first time a work of art that did not exist in physical form was sold by a major auction house, a digital artwork sold for nearly $ 70 million.

Reporting by Abdelhadi Ramahi and Lisa Barrington, editing by Ed Osmond

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