A painting titled The Journey of Humanity, by British artist Sacha Jafri, crowned the largest painting in the world, has recently been sold for $62 million in Dubai.
The Guinness World Record painting is located in the ballroom of the Atlantis hotel in Dubai. It covers 17,000 square foot and was created over a period of 28 weeks using over 6,300 liters of paint. The painting was split into 70 lots and was bought as a whole by French cryptocurrency businessman Andre Abdoune for $62 million, Reuters reports, making Jafri one of the most expensive living artists.
One of Jafri’s intentions was to auction off the painting and donate $30 million from the sales to charity, specifically several charitable organizations, including UNESCO, UNICEF, Dubai Cares, and the Global Gift Foundation.
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