DHS 10m for No.10
Whopping sum for plate number among millions raised at Reading Nation auction
Collectors have shelved out tens of millions of dirhams for rare and luxury items at an auction to help fund the UAE’s global reading campaign.
Lots from the private collection of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, were among those up for grabs to raise funds for the Reading Nation drive.
Among the most sought-after items at the Madinat Jumeirah event last night was the Dubai number plate R 10, which went for Dhs9.7 million.
Emirati businessman Suroor Al Alawadi, who tabled the winning bid for the plate, told 7DAYS: “I have many cars, but I will give it to my uncle - he has a Ferrari.”
The Dubai plate number L 22 also went for Dhs4 million, while T 13 went for Dhs5 million.
The Etisalat network phone number 056 555 5555 sold for Dhs2.05 million, while the du number 052 333 3333 went for Dhs1.6 million.
Among the rarer items on offer was a 106-yearold piece of cloth donated by Sheikh Mohammed, which sold for Dhs2.1 million.
The kiswah once covered the Kaaba in the centre of Mecca.
A calligraphy painting of a poem from Sheikh Mohammed’s private collection also sold for Dhs1.1 million, an Arabian mare went for Dhs260,000, and a painting by Najar Makki went for Dhs150,000.
The proceeds from last night’s auction will go towards supplying five million books to children around the world, including the creation of 2,000 libraries.
The reading drive aims to provide children, many of whom are refugees whose educations have been cut short by conflict in their home countries, with a chance of a bright future.
Sales from other donors’ collections included a 300-year-old Quran, and a calligraphy panel by Osama Hamzawi from the private collection of the acclaimed author Muhammed Al Murr
Sheikh Waleed Al Ibrahim, the Saudi Arabian businessman and Chairman of media group MBC, also donated Dhs3 million to the campaign at the event last night.