The world's largest canvas painting was auctioned in Dubai for $ 62 million. This is the second-highest price ever for a painting of a living artist at an auction, Reuters news agency reported on Tuesday.
The painting "The Journey of Humanity", by the British creator Sacha Jafri, was officially recognized as the largest in the world by the Guinness Book of Records. The work was created in the ballroom of the Atlantis Hotel in Dubai for seven months during the coronavirus pandemic. Jafri used 1065 brushes and 6300 liters of paint to create the painting.
Originally, the author wanted to collect $ 30 million through an auction of the canvas for charity, selling 70 fragments of the work with a total area of 1.8 thousand square meters. sq m, but Andre Abdoune, a French citizen living in Dubai, made an offer to buy the entire work.
Abdoune said he planned to raise an even larger amount for charity with the image, but did not provide details.
Organizations to receive the money from the sale of the work are UNICEF, UNESCO, Global Gift Foundation and Dubai Cares.
The most expensive painting by a living artist sold at auction was David Hockney's Portrait of the Artist (Pool with Two Characters) from 1972, which in 2018 was sold for USD 90.3 million. (PAP)