World’s Largest Painting Sells for $62 M. at Dubai Auction – ARTnews.com
Sacha Jafri’s The Journey of Humanity (2020), an abstraction with drops, swirls and splashes in different hues, is 17,000 square meters and is the world’s largest painting to be certified by the Guinness Book of Records. This week the big screen was sold for a suitably epic price at an auction in Dubai.
On Tuesday, The Journey of Humanity was sold for $ 62 million at auction at Atlantis, The Palm Hotel. With sales, it’s among the most expensive living artist’s works of art ever to sell at auction, and it’s not far behind a $ 69 million Beeple NFT piece that sold at Christie’s earlier this month .
Jafri’s plan had originally been to split the painting into 60 segments and sell it to raise $ 30 million for “global digital equality”. These pictures should have been sold in four auctions.
But the work was ultimately sold as one and went to Andre Abdoune, managing director of Altius Gestion International Holding, according to the Emirati Outlet National. The proceeds will go to various organizations including UNICEF, UNESCO, the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education and the Global Gift Foundation.
Jafri, who previously did not have a large presence at auctions, painted The Journey of Humanity over the course of several months in the Atlantis last year. The resulting canvas contains more than 300 layers of paint and is the size of two soccer fields. He previously sold his art for charitable organizations including actress Eva Longoria, musician Paul McCartney, and former US President Barack Obama.