DHS 10m for No.10

Whop­ping sum for plate num­ber among mil­lions raised at Reading Na­tion auc­tion

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Shoshana Ke­dem @B_Shosh shoshana@7days.ae

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.

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