Sunday Times

World’s largest painting sold for R925m

- It was sold in 2018 for $90.3m.

An artwork created from the world’s largest canvas painting has sold for $62m (R925m) in Dubai, the second-most expensive painting sold at auction by a living artist.

The original painting, The Journey of Humanity by British artist Sacha Jafri, holds the Guinness world record for the largest art canvas.

Painted on one large canvas on the ballroom floor of the Atlantis hotel in Dubai over seven months of the pandemic, the canvas was split into 70 lots for sale.

They were all bought together by Andre Abdoune, a French national living in Dubai who has a cryptocurr­ency business.

Jafri’s aim had been to raise $30m for charities by auctioning the 1,800m² of canvas in sections, but Abdoune put in a bid for the entire work.

Abdoune said he is planning a “second step” for the painting, hoping to raise even more money for charity, without giving further details.

The charities set to benefit include Unicef, Unesco, Global Gift Foundation and Dubai Cares.

Jafri, who was in the United Arab Emirates when a lockdown was imposed, came up with the concept for the work with themes of connection and isolation.

He used 1,065 paint brushes and 6,300l of paint.

The most expensive painting by a living artist sold at auction was David Hockney’s 1972 Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two

Figures).

 ?? Picture: Francois Nel/Getty Images ?? British artist Sacha Jafri with his work, ‘The Journey of Humanity’, the world’s largest canvas, which has been sold for $62m in Dubai.
Picture: Francois Nel/Getty Images British artist Sacha Jafri with his work, ‘The Journey of Humanity’, the world’s largest canvas, which has been sold for $62m in Dubai.

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