World’s Largest Canvas Painting sold for $62 Million in Dubai

An Artwork created from the World’s Largest Canvas painting was sold in Dubai for $62 Million. It was the second-most expensive painting sold at an auction by a living artist.

The Journey Of Humanity‘, which was the name of the original painting made by British Artist, Sacha Jafri holds the Guinness World Record for the largest Canvas Painting.

Jafri's Journey Of Humanity Canvas Painting

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It was painted on one large canvas on the ballroom floor of the Atlantis Hotel in Dubai over seven months of the Coronavirus pandemic. It was split into 70 lots for sale.

A French national residing in Dubai named Andre Abdourne bought all the paintings. Andre has a cryptocurrency business in Dubai.

Artist Jafri’s aim was to raise $30 MIllion for charities by auctioning the 1800 square meters of Canvas in parts. But Abdourne made up his mind to bid for the entire work.

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Andre Abdourne stated he is planning a ‘second-step for the painting, hoping to raise even more money for charity. He intends to leave the painting in Dubai and did not share any further details.

“The aim was always to change the lives of children around the world try and reconnect humanity”, commented Jafri who incorporated paintings in his work from children in more than 140 countries. “The purity of intention that only children have done something really powerful”, he added.

The charities that were in consideration include, UNICEF, UNESCO, Global Gift Foundation, and Dubai Cares.

Jafri came up with the ideas of connection and isolation for his artwork, amidst the coronavirus lockdown during his settlement in the United Arab Emirates.

He used a startling 6,300 liters of paint and 1,065 paintbrushes for his painting!

The most expensive painting to be sold at an auction was by a living artist was David Hockney‘s 1972 ‘Portrait of an artist (pool with two figures)‘, which in 2018 sold for $90.3 Million.

David Hockey's portrait of an artist

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And in March a digital artwork sold for nearly $70 million in the first sale by a major auction house of a piece of art that does not exist in physical form.

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