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The Journey of Humanity’: World’s largest artwork sells for $62M

A visitor stares at fragments of Dubai-based British contemporary British artist Sacha Jafri's painting entitled 'The Journey of Humanity', in the Emirati city of Dubai, on February 25, 2021.The painting by British artist Sacha Jafri holds the Guinness World Record for the largest art canvas and proceeds from its sale are meant to benefit UNICEF, UNESCO, Global Gift Foundation and Dubai Care

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

British artist Sacha Jafri painted the artwork on one large canvas on the ballroom floor of the Atlantis hotel in Dubai over seven months of the coronavirus 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 $30 million for charities by auctioning the 1,800 square metres of canvas in sections, but Abdoune put in a bid for the entire work.

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British artist Sacha Jafri poses on his painting titled
British artist Sacha Jafri poses on his painting titled “The Journey of Humanity” in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on October 1, 2020. (AP)

Children around the world

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

For now, he intends to leave the painting in Dubai.

“The aim was always to change the lives of children around the world and try and reconnect humanity,” said Jafri, who incorporated paintings in his work from children in more than 140 countries.

“The purity of intention that only children have, did something really powerful,” he said.

The charities set to benefit include UNICEF, UNESCO, Global Gift Foundation, and Dubai Cares.

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Dubai-based British contemporary British artist Sacha Jafri walks in front of fragments of his painting entitled 'The Journey of Humanity', in the Emirati city of Dubai, on February 25, 2021.
Dubai-based British contemporary British artist Sacha Jafri walks in front of fragments of his painting entitled ‘The Journey of Humanity’, in the Emirati city of Dubai, on February 25, 2021. (AFP)

Connection and isolation

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

He used 1,065 paint brushes and 6,300 litres 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)” which in 2018 sold for $90.3 million.

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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